FELTON - Joseph Watson Baker, Jr. died Monday, May 20, 2013 at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Mr. Baker was born Nov. 2, 1930 in Vernon, Del. to the late Joseph Watson Baker, Sr. and Edna Wooters Baker. Upon graduation from Harrington High School, he worked for Wilson Refrigeration in Smyrna. On Feb. 5, 1951 he began work for Delaware Highway Department as a survey party chairman. After working for the department for 20 years and taking advantage of many training seminars and correspondence schools, Mr. Baker was able to qualify and be registered as a Professional Engineer. Following this he served as District Engineer, Material and Research Engineer, State Maintenance Engineer and Assistant Director of Field Services. He retired from that position in 1989 after more than 38 years service, most of which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a member of the Masonic Union Lodge #7 AF & AM, a lifetime member of Elk Lodge 1903 in Dover, Harrington Moose Lodge #534, the Harrington Senior Center and the Felton Volunteer Fire Auxiliary. Mr. Baker was a founding member of the Del One Credit Union as well as a member of the Highway Department 10 year Club; while he was president of the club he was able to get accidental death policy for members. Mr. Baker enjoyed life. He liked golf, bowling, fishing, snowmobiling, traveling, and collecting many items such as American Fostoria, bells, hens on nests and much more. He also enjoyed being with his family and friends, also his faithful dog, Bogey. Mr. Baker is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 41 years, Betty Lou Baker of Felton; son, William H. Baker and his wife LuAnn of Milford; daughter, Judith "Judy" Smith of Felton; grandchildren, Kimberly Edwards and her husband Moir and Riley D. Baker (he was her bad guy and she was his sunshine); sisters, Madelyn Foxwell and Anna Mae Draper and her husband Allen all of Harrington; sister-in-law, Ellen Cowgill and her husband Charles of Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10, Dover). Friends may call Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Felton Volunteer Fire Co, Felton, DE 19943, Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 or Harrington Senior Center, 102 Fleming Street, Harrington, DE 19952. Letters of condolence may be sent, and guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
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Published in NewsZapDE on May 21, 2013