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Howard L. Baldwin

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Howard L. Baldwin, 79, passed away in his home on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008. Mr. Baldwin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Howard C. and A. Muriel (Bain) Baldwin. At the age of 12, he was then raised and nurtured by his loving stepfather, Herman C. Hennig who sang with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. Both of Mr. Baldwin's parents were professional singers and as a result, he loved music and sang all his life.
He graduated from Pratt Art Institute in New York in 1948 and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy and then continued with the Navy Reserves. He worked in advertising agencies in Manhattan for many years until he decided to change careers. He graduated from Pima College in Arizona with his degree in Respiratory Therapy and worked in that field for 35 years. His final years he worked as a "traveler" and went all over the United States, always with his beloved cat Cleo. He continued doing oil paintings of the beautiful parts of this country. Unfortunately, his paintings and Cleo perished in a fire on Thanksgiving Eve in Alamogordo.
Howard's greatest joy was his singing in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church and with the different singing groups at NMSU-A. He found a great family with all he sang with. He was also a proud member of the BPO Elks Lodge No. 1897.
Survivors include his loving sister Ann Berry and brother-in-law Rick Berry of Alamogordo, niece Suzanne Hernandez and her husband Tony of El Paso, Texas, nephew Jim Rider and his wife Michelle of Frankfurt, Kentucky, many great nieces and nephews and his very special great-great-nephew, Christopher.
Services will be conducted at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Mary Taken officiating. Inurnment will immediately follow at St. Jude Mission Parish Columbarium with Father Wayne Herpin, S.J. officiating. A light luncheon at Grace United Methodist Church will follow these services. 
Honorary pallbearers for Mr. Baldwin will be Eddie Hernandez, Cody Hernandez, Ted McCutcheon, Karl Anderson, Bill English, Michael Haymes and Jim Rider.
Cremation has taken place locally at PCS entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 8 to Feb. 24, 2008
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