WALLINGFORD - Charles Loren Baker, 69, died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
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He was born on January 7, 1943 in Rutland, the son of Charles and Rhoda (Baird) Baker II.
Mr. Baker graduated from the Wallingford High School in 1961. After employment with General Electric following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving as a Sergeant in Anchorage, Alaska until his honorable discharge in August 1971 when he returned to Wallingford.
He married Diane Taran on March 30, 1987.
Mr. Baker was employed as an engineer by the General Electric Company for 40 years retiring in 2001.
Charlie loved helping others. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rutland where he was very active on the Finance Committee, singing in the choir, and playing in the hand bell choir, Bells of Joy, in addition to operating the sound system for the church and bell choir. He would be at church hours early to prepare the church for services. Charlie was a member of the Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years, serving many years as the First Assistant Chief, and with the Hubbardton Volunteer Fire Department as Fire Chief. He was active with GE Elfun organization, Green Mountain Chapter, and in most recent years, as a volunteer driver for Bridges, RRMC, and One to One, logging countless hours transporting patients to medical appointments and delivering food commodities to shut-ins. Charlie continued his volunteer work until the last few weeks of his life.
Mr. Baker served the town of Wallingford for several years on the Prudential Committee. He also helped the Wallingford Elementary School with their sound system and musical programs, as well as with computer website operations for many years for the school and area recreation programs.
He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1122.
Survivors include his wife Diane Baker, a much loved daughter Anna Baker, a son Timothy Baker and his wife Jessica Baker, a beloved granddaughter Vanessa Baker, all of Wallingford, a sister Barbara Sprague and her husband Ron of Brandon, and other grandchildren, Ethan, Arianna, Miriah, Chuckie and Paul Baker and Kelsey Eddy; several sisters-in-law: Joanne Maslack and husband Steven of Rutland, Florence Williams and husband Joseph of Webster, NY, Dolores Carter and husband Fred of Richmond, Carolyn Kinney and husband Francis of Poultney, Irene Kelley of Middlebury, and Mary McManus of Phoenix, AZ, and several nieces and nephews including nieces Amy Williams Barton and Kathy McManus.
He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Jr. and Frances Taran.
Charlie so loved participating in family gatherings, helping with coin drops, and with fundraisers. Charlie also loved attending yard sales and the warm sunny weather.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 10th at the Rutland Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main Street, Rutland, VT. A Wallingford Fire Dept. dedication will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, January 11th at the United Methodist Church of Rutland, 71 Williams Street, Rutland, VT. Charlie will be driven to the service that celebrates his life by the Wallingford Fire Department in "The Old Girl," taken out of retirement for him in honor of his years of dedication and in remembrance of how he loved to drive this truck for parades.
A reception will be held immediately following the service at the Rutland United Methodist Church.
Burial will be at a later date in the Green Hill Cemetery in Wallingford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department, Post Office Box 280, Wallingford, VT 05773.
Published in Rutland Herald from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2013