Kenneth Baker, 1926-2018

Kenneth Leroy Baker, 92, of LaPorte, IN, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Oak Woods Manor.

Kenneth was born in Medaryville, IN, on Oct. 16, 1926, to Elmer J. and Jessie I. Rayburn Baker.

Kenneth was a graduate of Purdue University, a retired dairy farmer, DHIA Supervisor and Pioneer sales rep. Kenneth was an accomplished pencil artist and a World War II Army Veteran. He was a member of Door Village United Methodist Church, Lions Club, Land of Lakes Art Alliance, Farm Bureau, Sunday Farmers, LaPorte Row Crop Food Producers, Rumely Allis-Chalmers Heritage Center, Michiana Antique Auto Club, Pioneer Cemetery Commission, and many local and state historical organizations. He was a strong supporter of activities to enhance his community. He was honored to be named a State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash. Kenneth was an avid LaPorte Slicer, Purdue, and Chicago Bears fan.

On Sept. 7, 1952, in Wheeler, IN, he married Sarah “Sally” Baker, who preceded him in death in 2005.

Surviving are his beloved children, Karen (Jim) Deutsch of Marshall, MO, Linda (Gordie) Heinold of Cincinnati, OH, Keith (Laurel) Baker of LaPorte, Terry (Cynthia) Baker of LaPorte, and Donna (Shane) Yoder of Mishawaka, IN; 12 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Don Baker.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. (CT) Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Door Village United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry D. Owen officiating. Military Honors will be conducted during the memorial service. A time of visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. (CT) until the time of the service at the church Saturday, January 12. Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR  72202.  Heifer International is working with communities to end world hunger and poverty.

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One Response to “Kenneth Baker, 1926-2018”

  1. Pam Ruminski

    Jan 10. 2019

    Ken was a very smart and interesting friend.
    I always enjoyed our long conversations. He was a very talented artist.
    Prayers to family and friends.

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