Kenneth Louis Baas, 88, passed away peacefully in Pensacola, FL February 2, 2013 after a short illness. He was born in Storden, MN March 18, 1924, served in the Navy during WWII
as an Aircraft Machinist Mate then attended The New York Institute of Photography. He was self-employed as a photographer in Lake City, FL for over 40 years before semi-retiring in 1988. His life was a blessing to his family, his church and many friends. Kenny was one of the few town photographers and was called on for family and wedding pictures, portraits, CHS pictures and many other events that were happening in Lake City and the surrounding communities. All his time in photography was spent before the digital age (can you imagine) therefore he spent many after hours in the darkroom. His life of photography was shared as he was a mentor to many friends and family members throughout his life. Kenny was involved with the life of the 1st Presbyterian Church where he was a Sunday School teacher, Elder and Deacon. He was a member the Jaycees and leader in many community projects throughout the years. Kenny enjoyed working in the yard and was always sharing his plants and vegetables with others and with each came a story. He enjoyed being around people and did not know a stranger. His smile, wit and twinkle in his eye will be greatly missed.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents John Theodore and Louise Anna Meyer Baas; his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Baas; son, Donald Darryl Meisky and his wife, Janet; and grandsons, Kenneth Alan Baas and William Nash.
He is survived by two sisters, Delores Horkey of Windom, MN and Marlys Detterling of Baudette, MN; daughter, Kandace R. Kattau of Pensacola, FL; son, Kerry L. Baas (Patti) of Lake City, FL; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Mr. James Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening from 6-8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 or to a
. The Baas family would like to express a special thanks to the the Staff of Life Care Center of Pensacola and The Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence for their professionalism and care extended to Mr. Baas. Arrangements under the direction of Guerry Funeral Home, Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net