LAKELAND - Mr. Rudolph Alvin Baker, 93, passed away July 18. 2011 at Hawthorne Inn of Lakeland from natural causes.
He was born November 3, 1917 in Creal Springs, Illinois and graduated from high school there. A World War II
veteran he entered the US Army
July 22, 1941 and was stationed in England and Daytona Beach.
While serving in Daytona Beach he met Betty June Dale, a WAC stationed there. They were married July 23, 1943 in Bunnell, Florida.
After the war, Rudy and his wife moved to Detroit, Michigan to work in the auto industry. After a few cold winters they decided to move to Lakeland where he was employed as a plumber and was a long time member of The Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Union, Tampa. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Ocala, Florida. They owned a cottage at Lake Kerr and spent enjoyable times with family and friends.
Survivors include daughters, Carmen L. Rhoden (John), Lakeland, Sharon A. Baker, Plant City; son, Glen L. Baker (Debby), seven grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife on April 7, 2000 and by three brothers and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Good Sheppard Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823.
Services will be held Monday, July 25, 2011 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 9:30 am.
Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale.