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Baker, Vernon

Vernon Harold Baker, 89, of Millerton, PA passed away peacefully at his home on October 18, 2017 with his dog "Gordon" by his side. His loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn L. (Smith) Baker preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by his parents: Harry and Ivy (Holtzner) Baker; sisters: Evelyn, Marie, Sue, Caroline, Hilda and Jean; brothers: Paul, Billy and Bobby; sister-in-law, Irene Burnham; brother-in-law, Delbert Smith; great-grandchild, Emma. Vernon, the last of 16 siblings, is survived by his loving children: Rick (Patti) Baker of Dallas, TX, Randy (Priscilla) Baker of Austin, TX and Lee (Tracy) Baker of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren, Tyler, Steffan, Madison, Riley, Hannah and Thomas; great-grandchild, Gracie; sister-in-law, Virginia Stephens; Tyler and Steffan's mother, Tina; A special thank you to Rosie and David Warner, Patty and David Chappell and Margaret and Tim Teed. For 30 years, Harold was an electrician with the IBEW Local # 139, retiring from Mills Electric. Harold's sons appreciate how the Mills family supported their father, enough to put the 3 boys through college; for that they are forever grateful. Harold was a Veteran of the US Army and proudly served his country. During his retirement he enjoyed spending his winters in Florida where he loved playing in the Senior Softball league. He was affectionately known as Buddy Boy Baker with the "Golden Arm". He was a member of the Grotto where he enjoyed playing cards and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. Harold also participated in the Senior Olympics. He was a devoted husband, loving father, father-in-law, grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral Services honoring his life will follow the visitation at 7 pm. Pastor Jenifer Wolf will officiate. He will be laid to rest in the Jobs Corners Cemetery with his beloved Evelyn on Wednesday, October 25th at 11 am where Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Baker and Pastor Wolf will offer the committal prayers. In lieu of flowers and if desired, memorial donations may be directed to the IBEW Local # 139 Education Fund 415 West 2nd Street Elmira, NY 14901. Harold's tribute wall may be signed in obituaries at www.olthof.com.






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Published in Star-Gazette from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2017.
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November 2, 2017
The Baker boys want to thank every one for their messages for dad. He was one of a kind and will definitely be missed.

Rick, Randy and Lee
Randy Baker
October 25, 2017
I have memories of Harold as an ambitious young man who worked at my father's business for a time. My deepest condolences to Harold's family.
Susan (Aiello) Lynch
October 25, 2017
Rick and families: When I saw your Dad's obit, it brought back a flood of memories of when I played softball with my Dad on the L'ville team and played against the Millerton team your Dad played for. I can see him catching, with a cigar in his mouth and ribbing the batters with that big smile. He is an awesome guy and I know, will be missed. Along with my Mom, who enjoyed those times with your Mom and Dad, we send our condolences to the entire Baker family. Steve (class of '73)
Steve Coates
October 24, 2017
I can see him now on the pitcher's mound with a cigar in his mouth. What a great guy and great influence on people around him. God bless him!
Our sincere condolences.
Dave and Jeannette Weidman
October 23, 2017
john cordier
October 22, 2017
Blessings on the Baker family. Prayers for peace, strength and joy.
Tommy&Becky Bain
October 22, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies to the Baker family and friends during this difficult time of grief. I hope the promise in Hosea 13:14 can bring much comfort. Just knowing that there's a hope for the ones we lost in death can be so reassuring. My deepest condolences to all.
LIZ
October 22, 2017
MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO BAKE'S ENTIRE FAMILY. I WILL MISS HIS SPECIAL GREETINGS AND HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE. I AM SURE THEY HAVE RESERVED A SPOT ON HEAVEN'S SOFTBALLTEAM FOR HIM. BLESS EACH OF YOU AND GOD BLESS BAKE.

VERY SINCERELY,
HARLAN PRESS
HARLAN PRESS
October 22, 2017
One of my favorite patients! His smile, blue eyes, and pleasant personality will be remembered always!
Barbara Cleveland
October 22, 2017
Rick, Randy, Lee and family so very sorry for your loss. Buddy Boy was the best and well liked by all. Was really nice seeing your mom n dad a few years ago at a wedding so we could catch up on things.
Shari Root
October 22, 2017
john cordier
October 22, 2017
Gary Sekella
October 21, 2017
Sorry to hear of the loss of old "Buddy Boy" Baker. Harold could make a job fun. He had a way of stirring things up. A great guy and brother electrician & Mason. He will be missed.
Jay Raymond
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