ATASCADERO — William “Bill” Ernest Baker, 90, of Atascadero died on Dec. 15, 2012.
Born in St. Joseph, Mo., born on Jan. 29, 1922, he was the son of the late Ernest William and Sarah (Hamilton) Baker. Bill graduated from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Mo. Bill married Eleanor “Janie” Heaston on June 13, 1940, in Trenton, Mo. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary together earlier this year before Janie passed away in July.
Bill joined the Marine Corps in June 1944 and served his country in World War II, protecting freedoms in Okinawa, Japan, and Guadalcanal. He also spent a year in China after the war had ended. His military service ended in February 1946.
Bill joined the Carpenters Union, Local 929 in September 1942. He stared work at Hammond Lumberyard in Los Angeles and through hard work and dedication, he worked his way up in the union to be the Local’s Financial Secretary, a post he held for many years. Bill became a minister in 1948.
Over the years, he became the United States Director of his church, The Church of God Seventh Day, until his recent retirement.
He is survived by his daughters, Joan, Becky and her husband, Brian, and Marti and her husband, Brian; son, Lary and his wife, Carol; 11 grandchildren, Richard, Robert and his wife Shirley, Raymond, Ron and his wife Indira, David and his wife Carla, Julia and her husband Marshall, Lisa, Matthew and his wife Stacy, Jennifer and her husband Randy, John and Jordan; 21 great- grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mark, Victoria, Amanda, Michael, Kimberly, Joe, Nick, Kylie, Kaitlin, Chanel, Colton, Ryan, Robbie, Levi, Maxwell, Daniel, Parker, Cadyn, Jack and Alexis; and four great-great-grandchildren, Nate, Bailey, Noah, and Kaidyn.
His final resting place will be at Forest lawn Memorial Park in Cypress next to his wife, Janie, and their daughter, Janice Elaine Baker.
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