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Friday, April 20, 2018

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr. of Keating Summit, PA

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr.

Franklin L. (Louie) Baker, Sr. of Keating Summit, PA, born November 22, 1941, was delivered into the hands of our Lord on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh with his family by his side. 

He was born in Marlinton, W. Va., the son of the late Jesse and Letta (Gay) Baker.

Vietnam War Veteran

Louie was a Vietnam Era Veteran serving with U.S. Army as a Radar Crewman at Dyess AFB, Texas and Fort Gordon, Georgia from 1964 to 1966, honorably discharged as a Specialist Fourth Class.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Wilber
“Beanie” Baker of Keating Summit, sisters Betty Allman and Bonnie Riffle,
and nephew Roy Riffle, all of Emporium.

On February 1st, 1992, in Coudersport, Louie married Janice (Wendling)
Baker, who survives. He is also survived by one aunt, Pauline Holsinger,
formerly of Emporium; three sisters, Martha “Kay” (Don) Sherry of Keating
Summit, Linda Baker of Evans City, Pa. and Nancy (Chuck) Umbenhauer of
Emporium; and one brother, James “Jim” (Sylvia) Baker, also of Emporium.

He is also survived by: children Franklin L. (Judai) Baker, Jr. of
Anchorage, Alaska, Bonnie (William) Miller of Coudersport, Joseph (Tammy)
Baker of Ridgway, Lori Hansen of Keating Summit, and Matthew (Keli) Hansen
of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and three
great-grandchildren.

Besides his time in the Army, Louie worked many jobs from the railroad to
logging but retired in 2003 after 37 years of services to the former
Ball-Foster Glass Container in Port Allegany.

Louie was an avid hunter and fisherman, whether it was trips to the pond
with his grandchildren or his much-loved Alaskan hunting, fishing, and
gold mining adventures with his son. 

He also enjoyed reading his western novels, Friday fish fries, breakfast with his buddies at the Buttonwood and Daily Bread, and walks with his fur-buddy Lucky. He enjoyed spending
his time on Sunday, after church, watching NASCAR races, spending time
with family and walking through the woods. His greatest joy of all was
spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their
sporting and life events. 

He was a member of the Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, Enchanted Mountain Treasure Hunters and Dirt Digging PA, finding many treasures long lost with time.

He was a member of The American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

Louie found Jesus later in life and was a devoted member of the First
United Methodist Church in Emporium and was actively involved with
Esther’s Ministry and the Food for the Soul Program.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at the First United Methodist Church
in Emporium on Monday, April 23, with greeting and gathering beginning at
4 pm and services with military honors beginning at 5 pm. 

All flowers are graciously declined but memorial donations can be made to the Second
Harvest Food Bank c/o Emporium First United Methodist Church, the Potter
County Animal Assistance Project or the American Legion.

1 comment :

Doug Williams said...

RIP. Uncle Louie. You will be missed.