Kenneth B. Baker

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Kenneth B. Baker passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014. A private family Memorial Service will be held October 25, 2014. Ken was born February 5, 1923 in Ft. Worth to Homer and Margaret Nell (Wilfong) Baker. He completed his education in Denton, Texas, graduating from high school in 1942. After high school, he joined the US Coast Guard, in which he served from 1942 through 1946. He saw action in the convoy battles of the North Atlantic as his ship sank several U Boats during World War II. Upon discharge from the Coast Guard, he married Billie Ann Hill in Denton, Texas on May 12, 1946. They moved to Midland, Texas later that year and he started his career in carpentry with Houston Hill, Inc., a construction company that built several of the area schools and churches. He retired in 1986 from Area Builders where he was working as a Construction Superintendent. He was an accomplished athlete, being very successful in fast pitch softball, bowling, golf and fishing. He bowled a perfect 300 game in league play and won a brand new car. He shot his age in golf on numerous occasions and was still achieving this when he was in his 80's. His family is quite certain he has already been called to the First Tee in Heaven. He enjoyed being on the lake chasing that elusive big bass or catching a string of catfish. Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, pa-pa, and friend that was loved deeply and will be greatly missed by all. Members of his family preceding him in death were his parents, Homer and Margaret Baker, his brothers, Homer Baker, Jr., Frank Baker and A.C. Baker, his sister, Helen Thomas, grandson, Zachariah Lee Baker, and great-grandson, Jacob Truesdell. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Billie Ann; sister, Barbara Tynes of Tyler, Texas; daughter and husband, Carol and Jerry Adams; son and wife, Bill and Loretta Baker; grandchildren and spouses, Carissa and Todd Hale, Jason and Erika Baker, Lindsay and Jim Livesay, Kendal Baker, and Bradley and Annie Adams. He is also survived by 15 great grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews. His family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the care given to Kenneth at Senior Care Services in Midland, Texas. Kenneth was a man of great character and devotion and will be greatly missed.
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Aug. 31, 2014
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