John R. "Jack" BAKEMAN

1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John R. "Jack" BAKEMAN Obituary
Age 92 of Lilydale, MN January 24, 1922 -June 5th, 2014 Preceded in death by wife Geraldine(nee Carpenter); son Timothy, siblings William, Venethal, Mary, and Charles. Survived by wife Virginia (nee Ogren) and her loving family; Jack's children, Gary, Dennis, Patrick (Patricia), Cindy (Martin), Martin's daughter Jennifer Spake, grand-children Marisa and Jacob Bakeman, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. Niece Jackie, being his namesake, had a special bond with Jack. A graduate of South St. Paul High School, Jack enlisted in the Marines in 1942 and served in the South Pacific. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and past president of the MN Chapter Second Marine Div. Assoc. He attended bi-monthly meetings into his 90's. Jack was also a member of Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans. After serving 27 months in the Pacific theatre, Jack returned to begin his career in the railroad industry. Following in the footsteps of his father (who was a RR engineer) Jack's first RR job was firing coal for his father. Jack had a passion for and a lifelong career with the railroad, working for 30 years as an engineer with the Rock Island RR in locomotive operations, train handling and air brakes. Later in his career he was appointed investigator in charge of major catastrophic RR accidents for the NTSB and the FRA in Washington DC. Jack was an industry-recognized authority and developer of voice controlled movement of trains and engines, now in use worldwide, greatly simplifying and enhancing industry-wide safety. He retired at age 81 after serving 58 years in the RR industry. Jack loved life. He was an enthusiastic participant in senior golf and tennis. His ready wit, impromptu poetry recitals, keen mind, Jeopardy prowess, crossword puzzle mastery, and the twinkle in his Irish blue eyes will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Full details will be published June 15th.


Published in Pioneer Press on June 8, 2014
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