Baker, Raymond D.
Raymond D. Baker, age 73, of Dryden, NY, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Beechtree Care Center in Ithaca, NY. Ray was born August 5, 1940 in Owego, NY a son of the late Arthur D. and Gladys Wightman Baker. Ray was graduated from Owego Free Academy in 1957 and from Colgate University in 1962 with a BA in History and French. He was employed for many years at the Dryden Agway Store and later at the Suburban Shopper and the Ithaca Journal with a short time with the Owego Penny Saver. He was a former member of the Dryden Kiwanis Club and the Lansing Lodge F. & A.M. Ray was a people person who loved to fish and spend time with his friends. Survivors include his children, Stacey (John) Chavez of Albuquerque, NM, Joel (Michelle) Baker of Rio Rancho, NM, Patrick Tierney of Denver, NC and Leslie Herd of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother, Stephen (Susan Eschler) Baker of Owego; grandchildren, Serena Canku, Kathleen Chavez, Hayden and Jenny Baker; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Brandon Acosta; and aunt, Isabelle Brister of Endicott, NY; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends, including Dick and Mike Clark, Doris Ward, Donna Kuhns and Diane Bird, to name a few. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Perkins Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Sivers officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, Dresserville, NY. Friends are invited to call from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home, 55 West Main St., Dryden. Memorials are directed to the Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund. www.perkinsfuneralhome.com