Russ Baker, 94, passed away at the Life Care Center of Mount Vernon on March 20, 2014.

He was born to Harold I and Eva Hunt Baker in Dubuque County, Farley, Iowa.

Russ grew up on a farm which his great grandfather homesteaded then attended Farley High School and Upper Iowa University. In 1941 he was drafted into the United States Army serving at Fort Worden, WA in the 248th Coastal Artillery. He achieved the rank of sergeant in the military police. He married the love of his life, Faetta Foote, at the fort chapel February 12, 1943.

After his discharge in 1945 he and Faye remained in Port Townsend. Russ drove a milk truck for Glendale Dairy, later working as a meat cutter for several Port Townsend grocery stores as well as owning his own meat market. Upon retirement in 1982 they sold their home and traveled the United States in their motorhome for 17 years. Russ and Faye later settled in Burlington and Mount Vernon at Mountain Glen Retirement Home.

Russ was predeceased by his parents, brother Richard Baker and a son Phil "Pepper" Baker.

He is survived by his wife Faetta Baker, son Clyde "Skip" Baker (Shirlene), daughter Patricia "Patty" Kilmer (Dick), daughter-in-law Sharon Baker; six grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:00p.m. At the Hawthorne Cemetery under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.

The family gives their thanks to the staff at Mountain Glen and the Life Care Center of Mount Vernon for their loving care.

Funeral Home

Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park
1825 E. College Way  Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Mar. 22, 2014