Henry TenEyck Baker
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Henry TenEyck Baker GloversvilleOn Sept. 29th, 2014, Henry TenEyck Baker passed away with Virginia Tasheff Baker, his devoted wife of 65 years, by his side. He was born Oct. 5th, 1924 to George Baker and Anne TenEyck. He graduated Johnstown High School with high honors in 1942. After enlisting in the army, he joined the 75th army division and served in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition to his Combat Infantry Badge (3 stars), PFC Baker was awarded the Bronze Star for rendering first aid and evacuating the wounded under intense artillery fire, without question saving the lives of many. Henry graduated from Yale University in 1948 with a civil engineering degree. He married Virginia Tasheff on Aug.14, 1949 and assisted her father and his mother in their respective businesses. Henry was the proprietor of Tasheff's grocery for 31 years and retired in 1987. His concern for children caused him to be a CASA volunteer and the co-founder of Foothills Youth Service. This organization operated two group homes for troubled teens, of which one was named The Baker House in his honor. His knowledge, compassion and devotion benefited the boards of many important organizations including Samaritan Counseling Center, Family Counseling Center and Foothills United Methodist Church. He enjoyed coin collecting, story telling, golf, bowling, bridge, poker and entertaining friends at his beloved camp on Canada Lake. He is survived by the love of my life, Virginia Baker; their children, Carl Baker (Sandra Stoffolano), Caren Baker; and seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. All would agree that Henry was a well respected, generous man of great intellect, humor and passion, who was committed to making the world a better place. He exemplified a life well lived and was well loved. A celebration of Henry will take place at Foothills United Methodist Church, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Donations in his honor, www.FamilyCounseling Center.org/Donate or CASA of Fulton/Mont Co. See www.brbsfuneral.com for full obituary/details.


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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 12, 2014.
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