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Ira Baker

Ira Baker, age 85, of East Rochester, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 27, 2011, in Aultman Hospital.

He was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Rogers.

Ira loved life, and enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife, Evelyn (Bowman) Baker. They married in 1979 and have spent the last three decades seeing the sights on trips to Alaska, Nova Scotia and throughout the U.S. He was a handyman and enjoyed woodworking projects.  He built many beautiful furniture pieces - even a dulcimer - for family and friends.  He was a dairy farmer in Summitville for many years, and worked as a miner and truck driver.  He owned an excavating business and operated a sawmill west of Augusta.  He was a World War II US Navy veteran, a member of Minerva First Christian Church and Loyal Men's and Women's Sunday School Class. 

Ira "Pop" as he is known to family, is survived by his wife, Evelyn; children, John (Evelyn) Baker of Carrollton, Richard (Darcy) Baker of Carrollton, Mary Ann (Jim) Brown of Salineville, Linda Benington of Carrollton, Brad (Regena) Bowman of East Rochester, and Bob (Crystal) Bowman of Mechanicstown; 48 grandchildren and great grandchildren, a brother, Dale Baker of Lisbon; and sister, Goldie Thomas of Lisbon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Stockman; a son, Edward; brother, Glen Baker, and a sister, Grace Allison.

Funeral services will be held March 2 in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Mr. Ralph Norman officiating.  Burial with full military honors was in Grove Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Minerva First Christian Church. Friends unable to attend may sign the online register book at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.

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