1928 ~ 2015
Thomas Baker passed away peacefully in his Cedar Hills,
Utah residence Tuesday, October 27, 2015. William remains
one of the greatest father, grandfather and friend anyone
could ask for. His smile, humor and character infected everyone
that had the pleasure of making his acquaintance.
William was born just outside Goodlettsville, Tennessee
in Davidson County on April 7, 1928 to his loving parents
John Will Baker and Allean Wheeler. With strong patriotism
and loyalty, William enlisted in the Army on September 2,
1950 during the Korean War. Shortly after beginning his
active duty, he married Mary Jane Ralph on November 16th,
1950 at Ft. Mead, Maryland. After his service in the Army,
William worked for DuPont, and eventually began working
for Ford Motor Company. He enjoyed a tough but fulfilling
career as a pipefitter at the Ford Truck Plant in Louisville,
Kentucky. He retired from Ford with over 40 years of service,
but never stopped working. He gave of his free time to anyone
who needed it. He took care of the grounds at his local
Lutheran Church in Kentucky for several years. He loved
working with his hands and was always working on a lawnmower
or engine and fixing things around his house or anyone’s
home he was visiting at the time. He was an incredible man
with strong convictions and work ethic, and loved his wife
and family dearly.
William is survived by his son Dan Baker, as well as 7
unbelievable grandchildren and 11 incredible great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Jane Baker,
daughter Lydia Darlene Andelin, and his great-granddaughter
Alyssa Maree Barlow. The family would like to thank all
the staff at The Charleston of Cedar Hills, the caregivers
from Symbi Home Health and Hospice, and all others who provided
friendship and care in Middletown, Kentucky where Bill and
Jane lived most of their lives. “Pa”--as he
was known by many of his family--will be forever missed
by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015
at 11:00 am at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900
East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call on
Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to services at the funeral
home. Interment will follow at the Provo City Cemetery.