Lucas J. "Luke" Baker, 33, of Meshoppen, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
Luke was born in Tunkhannock on Oct. 3, 1980, the son of Arden C. and Diane L, Kamarauskas Baker. Luke grew up in Auburn Center, just outside of Meshoppen, and he was a graduate of the Elk Lake High School, class of 1999.
After his graduation from high school, Luke served his country with the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was stationed in Iraq, for 18 months.
He was a member of the Rought Hall Post # 510 American Legion of Black Walnut. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Luke also enjoyed playing golf and pool, but mostly just enjoyed being surrounded by his two children, his family and his many friends.
Surviving are his mother and father, Diane and Arden Baker of Auburn Center; the mother of his children, Melinda Harvey, of Meshoppen; his two children, Landon Cyrus Baker, 7, and Madeline May Baker, 4, both of Meshoppen; his brother Jesse and his wife Jackie Baker of Hallstead; and his sister Angela and Jason Wouells, of Meshoppen; his two nephews, Jack and Joe Baker, of Hallstead; and his two nieces, Jocelyn and Lauren Wouells, of Meshoppen.
Luke is also survived by his girlfriend, Heather Demarest, of Montrose, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding Luke in death were his maternal grandparents, Albert and Lottie Kamarauskas, and paternal grandparents, Cyrus and Shirley Baker.
Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Rt. 6, Meshoppen, with Rev. Timothy Barnett of the New Hope Ministries Church in West Auburn officiating.
Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery, in Auburn Center. Family and friends may call at the funeral home, on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Military Services will be conducted at the funeral home, prior to the funeral services, by the members of the Rought Hall Post 510 American Legion, of Black Walnut; Dennis Strong Post 457 American Legion, of Tunkhannock, and the Endless Mountains V.F.W
. Post 3583, of Mehoopany.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have Luke's family and friends kindly consider making memorial contributions sent to the Landon and Madeline Baker Education Fund, C/O Peoples Security Bank and Trust, Meshoppen Branch, PO Box 129, Meshoppen, PA 18630.
Online condolences may be made at sheldonfuneralhomes.com.