Farrell W. Baker

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Farrell W. Baker, 95, of Bradenton, Florida, formally of Greenville, Ohio, went to be with the Lord May 10, 2018. Farrell was born on April 7, 1923 in Dunnegan, Missouri, son of the late Tincy and Velma (McNeeley) Baker. In addition to his parents, Farrell was preceded in death by his second wife, Irene (Toschlog - Wiggs) Baker in 2009; his brother, Loren; step-son-in-law, Duane Smoker; and step-grandson, Robert D. Smoker. He was the former owner of F.W. Baker Co., Ft. Jefferson, OH, where he operated a Fruit Farm & Landscaping Nursery over 30 years. He had been a DeLaval milking equipment parts dealer, as well. Farrell served his country in WWII, Army Air Corps, Floating, and was a Proud Iwo Jima Survivor, sharing his war stories with everyone he met. He was grateful to be chosen for an Honor Flight Trip to Washington, D.C. and was forever changed by the experience. Being an avid fisherman his entire life, was his true passion. He was always ready to take family, friends, or neighbors out on the Gulf, or cast a line off the dock by the house. He was known by his neighbors as the neighborhood "fix-it" guy, and loved having family or friends visit him. He was a member of various Clubs and Fraternal Organizations including a 60+ year 32nd Degree F&AM, Ft. Black/Greenville Masonic Lodge; Eastern Star; White Shrine; and Antioch Shrine of Dayton, OH; also, a Life member of the Greenville Post VFW; Past President of Greenville Sertoma Club and two-time District Governor. Farrell was a longtime member of Manatee Rare Fruit Council; Past President of Flamingo Cay HOA; and member of American Legion, all of Bradenton, FL. Farrell is survived by his son, Wayne (Nancy) Baker; daughters, Linda (Steve) Nixon and Sherry (Mark) Echeman all of Greenville, Ohio; one brother, Louie Baker of Peoria, AZ, and niece, Karen (Walt) Patterson, Sun City, AZ. He is survived by step-children, Dorothy (Stanley Myers) Smoker, Centerville, IN, Beverly (Morgan) Wright, Yuma, AZ, Bobbie (Jim) LaFuze, Centerville, IN, Ron (Laura) Wiggs, Roger Wiggs and Mike (Linda) Wiggs, all of Richmond, IN;15 step-grandchildren; 24 step-great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8PM Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209.Graveside Committal Services, with Full Military Honors, will be conducted 10AM Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 St. Rd. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Honor Flight of West Central Florida, P.O. Box 55661, St. Petersburg, FL 33732. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 15, 2018
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