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Ralph P. Baker passed away in the early morning hours at his home in Port Angeles on June 5, 2014, at 87.
He was born on July 19, 1926, in Burlington, Washington, to George and Katie (Gilberry) Baker and has lived in Port Angeles since he was a toddler.
He served in the Army from December 1944 to December 1946.
He then returned to Port Angeles and met the love of his life, Esther J. Swanberg. They had been happily married since November 26, 1947.
They were married over 66 years and raised six children and have 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and too many nieces and nephews to count.
He worked at Fibreboard Mill in Port Angeles from 1948 to 1970, then he moved to Everett, Washington, to work at Weyerhaeuser for two years, returning to Port Angeles to work as an instrument technician at ITT Rayonier in 1972.
From there, he retired in 1988 and became a snowbird with his wife, spending winters in Arizona for the next 15 years.
He was an active member at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where his family still attends.
He enjoyed electronics, carpentry, working puzzles, reading, bowling, dancing, camping, playing cards and just spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Anyone who knew Ralph would describe him as patient, loyal and trustworthy. He would do anything for anyone and would fix or repair just about anything.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Esther Baker of Port Angeles; his children, Glenn (Lonelle) Baker of LaPush, Cynthia (Bill) Swords of Tennessee, Verdis (Rick) Grinols of Erie, Colorado, Susan (Greg) Priest of Port Angeles, Brian (Denise) Baker of Salem, Oregon, and William (Susan) Baker of Bend, Oregon; plus all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ralph is also survived by his two sisters Lois Larsen and Virginia Price, both of Silverdale, Washington.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Katie Baker, and his sisters Ruth Baker and Georgia Eaton.
Please join us to honor him at a memorial and celebration-of-life service on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Lopez Avenue in Port Angeles, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Drennan-Ford Funeral Home in Port Angeles.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson Counties, 24 Lee Chatfield Way, Sequim, WA 98362; or the
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory - Port Angeles
260 Monroe Rd. Port Angeles, WA 98362
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 11, 2014