A quiet gentleman with a good sense of humor, Dale E. Baker, 83, Plymouth, has died.
Dale died, following an 18-month bout with cancer, at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 24, 2000. He died as he wished, at his home, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. E-3, in the loving care of his family and the Marshall County Hospice.
A Plymouth area resident most of his life, Dale was born in St. John, N.D., on June 19, 1916, the son of Harrison B. and Lola P. Wively Baker. His father was the custodian of a small, rural school.
He attended Linkville and LaPaz High School.
During World War II, Dale served with Battery B, 131st Field Artillery, 36th Division of the United States Army in the European Theater. A Staff Sergeant, he was stationed in Germany.
On March 25, 1942, in Plymouth, he and Nola Vanetta Short were married. Nola died on May 15, 1967. On January 21, 1971, he married Nellie Maxine Thomas Berger in Plymouth. Nellie died on January 15, 1994. Clara B. Rensberger Baker and Dale were married in Plymouth on September 16, 1995; Clara survives his death.
Dale worked as the Service Manager of Jeffirs Motors for years. He retired in 1978 from Hite Chrysler agency in Plymouth.
He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed yard work at home and his church. He liked fishing and hunting coon. Talented with his hands, he kept mechanical things in good repair.
Dale was a member of the American Legion, Post #27 and a former member of the Marshall County Rifle Association.
He was very active in his church. He formerly belonged to the Plymouth House of Prayer and recently the Bethel Tabernacle of Argos.
Dale is survived by his wife, Clara and six step-children. His step-daughters are: Marlene and Quinn Kreiger, Mishawaka and Louise and David Baker, Portage. His step-sons are: William E. Berger, New York City, and Richard L. and Delores Baker, Robert D. and Patricia Baker, and Donald G. Baker, all of Plymouth.
Twenty-three step-grandchildren survive as well, together with Dorland C. and Marie Baker, Dale’s brother, three nephews and a niece.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his spouses and two brothers, Wayne and an infant sibling.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, February 27, 2000, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Dale’s funeral service will be on Monday, February 28, 2000, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Jim Pippenger, pastor of Bethel Tabernacle, will officiate.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth, where military graveside services will be accorded Dale by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marshall County Post 1162.
Memorial gifts in Dale’s name may be made to the Bethel Tabernacle Church.