Earl J. Baker, 87 of West Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2013 peacefully at his residence.
Born in Forked Mouth, Kentucky and being the oldest of 16 children, he was the son of the late Saul and Ethel (Stidham) Baker. In his early years he worked in the coal mines of Kentucky and was a carpenter. He retired from Inland after 30 years. He was a member of Coweta Baptist Church. A veteran of WWII serving in the European Theater with the 75th. Infantry, he was an avid hunter and fisherman, a union member of the local 87 , a member of the Inland Bass Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Alice Lee Baker, stepfather Troy Allen, brother Ernest Allen, sisters Ruth Baker Ritchie, Willamae Harris and Helen Decorta.
He is survived by daughter Carolyn Fuller and husband Bob of Coweta, Oklahoma, their children Tracy Cook, Robin (Robby) Dyer, Katrina (Chris) Boyd, Justin (Kristy) Fuller: son Ted Baker and wife Donna Gail of West Alexandria and their children Christy (Ova) Ashley, Misty ( Eric) Clayton, Kerri (Jason) Lautenslager: son Gary Baker (Kathy) of New Lebanon, and their children Paige (Nathan) Holthaus, Tara (Lee) Paries, Jessica ( Jordan) Holderman: daughter Ruby Bradley of Richmond Indiana, and her sons Beau ( Miranda) Bradley and Wesley (Tasha) Bradley: brothers Paul Baker of Kentucky, Raymond Allen of Kentucky, Earl Steven Allen of California, Joe Williams Allen of Kentucky, Martin Allen of Kentucky, sisters Ruby Darnstaedt of New Jersey, Anna Mae Napier of Dayton, Mahanie Angleton of Texas, Frankie Lucy Slaven of Georgia, Mary Elizabeth McIntosh of Kentucky and Fannie Jean Hollis of Kentucky and 19 ¾ great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday Aug. 19, at the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center at Preble Memory Gardens, West Alexandria, with Pastor Joe Williams Allen officiating.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or American Legion Post of West Alexandria. Interment Preble Memory Gardens. Online condolences at www.rlcfc.com.