Earl Baker


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Posted Online: April 03, 2013, 7:01 pm
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Earl John Baker, 77, of Blaine, Wash., formerly of Rock Island, passed away at his home from cancer on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, surrounded by his family.
A memorial celebration of life reception will be at 11:30 a.m. today at United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St., Ferndale, WA 98248, followed by a 2 p.m. graveside service at Enterprise Cemetery, with military honors by Albert J. Hamilton Post 7, American Legion of Bellingham, with Pastor Bobbi Virta officiating. The family suggests memorial donations to Whatcom Hospice, 2806 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Arrangements are under the care of Sig's Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services, 360-656-5459.
Earl was born on March 24, 1936, in New Boston, to parents Leonard George and Mary Margaret Koehler Baker. He graduated from Rock Island High School in the Class of 1954 and went directly into the United States Navy, serving four years, and was discharged as a Torpedo Man's Mate 3.
He moved to Washington state in 1965 and was employed at Boeing as a tool and die maker. Earl moved to Whatcom County in the 1970s and lived on Bay Road for many years. He sold insurance for various companies, retiring lastly from Aflac.
Earl married the love of his life, Debbie Unick, in April 1990; together they owned and operated "Pub Play Darts" in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Debbie, of 23 years; children, Don and his wife, Brenda, Jeff and his wife, Kimberly, Doug and his wife, Tracey, Jim, Diana and her husband, Mark Critchlow, and Lance and his wife, Patty; grandchildren, Emily, Dawson, Benjamin, Mystie and husband, Ramon Hipolito, Caitlyn, Kyle, Amanda, Jessica, Nicole, Ava and Oliver; great-grandchildren, Anayah and Erykah Hipolito; sister, Catherine and her husband, Al Jochim; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.














 



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