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Michael Carl BakerMike was born November 28, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN to Marie (Schubert, d. 2009) and Michael David Baker (d. 1987), and passed away April 5, 2014 in Tacoma, WA. He attended Fishers Schools between 1948 -1958 and graduated from Noblesville High School in 1960. He received a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1969 in the science of Mechanical Engineering. He joined the military and served as 1st Lieutenant in Germany from 1967 - 1972 in aviation maintenance. Mike worked for several companies, including National Starch Co., Indianapolis, and John Deer in Iowa and Washington, and owned American Metal Specialties, which installed skylights and cable railing, retiring in 2010. He was also the landlord of Anderson Island rentals. Mike's hobbies included biking, canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing (learned in Germany), motorcycles, antique cars, dancing, flipping houses, sail boating, single engine planes, reading historical and investing books, bluegrass music, and learning how to play the guitar. He had active memberships in the Gig Harbor Sportsman Club, Model A Ford Club, Evergreen Muzzleloaders, Ft. Nisqually Re-enactors, Fraternal Order of Elks and Eagles, Puget Sound Treasure Hunters, NRA, USA Dance Club, Lakewood Computer Club, and the Tacoma Mountaineers. One of his greatest accomplishments was a Mt. Rainier ascent on July 22, 1979. Mike was preceded in death by his brother Curtis Alan Baker (d. 2009, age 60), Fayetteville, NC. Mike is survived by his sister Susan Jeanne Baker and her husband David Cayton of Perrysburg, OH, and their two daughters, Carrie Cayton and husband Sean Sullivan, and Catherine Glori Cayton and her son, Austin; sister-in-law Brenda Baker and nephew Carl Alan Baker of Spring Lake, NC; cousin Anne Schubert Waginger, her daughter Erika and husband Barry Goldberg and grandson Brice of Philadelphia, PA; and cousin Claudia Ivy and husband David near Detroit, MI. Mike's wish was to be buried with his father at Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis. He truly enjoyed living the great Northwest with the beautiful mountains, water views, and scenic drives. Whenever anyone came to visit, Mike loved to show everyone what a wonderful place it was to live and work. Please sign the guestbook at www.newtacoma.com . Donations may be made to The Boy Scouts, The Salvation Army, Ft. Nisqually, a local library, or your favorite charity in honor of Mike's life. .A celebration of Mike's life will be held at a future date in Indianapolis, IN. Read Obituary
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Ronald D. Berry Ronald D. Berry went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on April 5, 2014. Ron was born in Des Lacs, ND on December 16, 1918 to Leroy and Ida Berry. His family moved to Puyallup, WA in the 1930s, and Ron graduated from Puyallup High School in 1937. He married Jessie Raudebaugh on December 8, 1938. Ron started working for the Puyallup Dairy as a young man, with an interruption (1944 - 45) when he joined the U.S. Army, serving as a member of a tank company in the liberation of Europe. He returned to Puyallup after the war and resumed his employment at the dairy. He and Jessie, along with daughter Carol Ann, moved to the Gig Harbor area in 1955 and built a home on Wollochet Bay. Through the 1950s and 60s Ron was employed by the Buchan Bakery (now Oroweat) in Tacoma. Ron later worked as a carpenter at the Western Washington State Fair. In 1975 Ron and Jessie moved to a new home on Point Richmond Beach Road north of Gig Harbor on Colvos Passage. They greatly enjoyed their retirement years watching nature through their living room windows. Jessie predeceased her husband in 2006. Ron is survived by his daughter Carol Ann Johnson (Jim), sister Dorothy Snider, grandchildren Kevin Johnson (June) of Medina, WA, Kerry Hinsch (Scott) of Sammamish, WA, and Tim Johnson of Los Alamos, NM, and seven great grandchildren. Ron was a kind and gentle husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, loved by his family, and will be greatly missed. Ron was lovingly cared for by Cottesmore of Life Care in Gig Harbor for a number years before his passing; their acts of kindness have been a distinct blessing to our family. In lieu of flowers, or if you wish to honor Ronald's memory, you may make a donation to Cottesmore Residence Fund, 2909 14th Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Please sign his online guest book with favorite memories and condolences for the family at www.havenrest.com . Read Obituary
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