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Samuel W. Baker


Samuel William Baker, 88, of Brandywine Hundred, died at his home on November 8, 2015.

Sam was born in Philadelphia, the only child of Samuel W. and Helen Baker. He served during World War II in the Army Air Force, 761st AAF Entertainment Band, stationed in Europe. After the war, he officially completed his education at Wilmington High School, even though he had been awarded his diploma in 1945. Sam then went on to Beacom College and earned a degree in Business and Industrial Management in 1950. During his career, Sam worked as the chief cartographer at Trans World Airline; a consulting engineer in construction design at the DuPont Company; and finished his career as a planning coordinator for Artesian Water Company. A gifted musician, Sam sang with the Wilmington Opera Society and The Brandywiners. He was a founding member of the M.G. Car Club; a member of the Masonic Lodge; and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. For pleasure, Sam enjoyed camping, sailing, fishing, photography, and sports cars. He was a Girl Scout leader and a steward for the Scottish games of Delaware.

Sam is survived by his wife, Edith F. Baker; 3 daughters: Bonnie Peck (Lyn Anthony), Karen Dixon (Derek), and Sandra Leverett (Bob); 3 step-children: Bruce E. Waeber, Kenneth R. Waeber (Jill), and Susan W. DePietropaolo (Robert); 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.

A committal service will be held at 10am, Tuesday, November 17 at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery (for those interested in driving in procession, meet at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike by 9am), followed at 12 noon by a memorial service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest honoring Sam's memory by sending a contribution to the National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1583, Merrifield, VA 22116. Messages of condolence may be sent to

Published in The News Journal from Nov. 10 to Nov. 16, 2015
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