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WILLIAM KHUEN BAKER

William Baker passed away peacefully, in the presence of family, on November 6, 2010, at 91 years of age, in Chico, CA. He was born on August 26, 1919 in Gotebo, Oklahoma. He was the first of 4 children born to Lloyd and Flora Baker. Bill (aka Khuen) met and married his wife, Ruth Mandrell in Mt. View, Oklahoma, where they attended high school and Khuen worked for his father-in-law on the family farm.

They moved to California soon after. He was called to service in the US Army from June 29, 1944 to Dec. 24, 1945, with Dependency Discharge, and Honorable Discharge, World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, AP Theater Ribbon, and Bronze Service Star.

Bill and family moved to Chico in December 1955 and opened a new Union 76 Service Station at 10th and The Esplanade in January 1956. He opened a brake and wheel shop in 1961, partnering with Jim Bauguess and sold the business in 1965. Bill worked as the Automotive Manager of Disco Stores for 1 year. His 20 year career as a GM Service Manager began in 1966. He was employed as GM Service Manager for Giberson Motors in November 1966, later known as John Myers Pontiac Cadillac. He also worked as GM Service Manager in Reno, NV, Concord, CA, and Redding. He moved back to Chico in 1977 and worked a short time for Courtesy Motors. He and his wife owned Red Wagon Antique store on 5th Avenue. Bill was an avid golfer, both before and especially in retirement. In his later years, he enjoyed using his carpentry skills to make handmade items he sold at craft shows and gift shops. Bill also enjoyed painting and gardening and still produced a fabulous vegetable and flower garden these past few years at Sycamore Glen.

William was a Mason and was a charter member of the North Chico Kiwanis Club beginning in 1958, serving as Vice President in 1960, President in 1961, and Vice President of the Presidents Council, and maintained 7 years of perfect attendance, Div. 14. He was also active in the Boys and Girls Club.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth of 72 years; by his sister, Geraldine and grandson, David Bird.

He is survived by his sister, Sylvia Angove, of Grass Valley; brother, Vern Baker, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his daughters, Judy (Ray) Irons of Sacramento and Linda (Aaron) Ford of Clear Lake; his son, Kenneth (Jackie) Baker of Chico; grandsons, Mark (Tamara) Irons, Patrick Irons, Brian (Lynette) Lowery, Kevin (Kelly) Baker, and Steven Baker; and granddaughter, Christina Ricci; 13 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; six nephews and six nieces; an extended family at Sycamore Glen for the last 6 years, where Bill and wife, Ruth enjoyed many friendships.

A memorial service for William will be held at The Church on The Esplanade on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements are held under Newton-Bracewell Funeral Homes.

You may share your thoughts and memories of William online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 14, 2010
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