Henry W. “Hank” Baker of Granville passed away peacefully after a short illness on Jan. 19, 2009 at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Henry was born on Aug. 19, 1929 in Hartford, N.Y. He was the son of William and Beatrice (Begor) Baker.
Henry was raised on the family farm on Baker Road in Hartford. He was drafted in to the Army at age 21 and sent to Fort Hood in Texas for training. For two years he served in Germany during the Korean War. He returned home in 1953 to marry the love of his life, Dorothy (Hoyt) Baker. They lived in Granville until the time of his death. Over the years he had been employed for a time by Telescope Casual Furniture, several area quarries and then at Chase Bag in Hudson Falls for 28 years. In his retirement years he provided lawn care for several residences in the area.
Henry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and Dorothy enjoyed taking day trips in Vermont. He found peace and enjoyment mowing his lawn on his tractor.
He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter, Kathy J. (Baker) Casey of Granville and a daughter-in-law Sandra L. (Parker) Baker as well as several aunts and uncles.
Survivors are his loving wife of 55 years, Dorothy J (Hoyt) Baker, his three children, William “Bill” Baker and his wife Helene of Victory Mills, Richard Baker and his wife Julie of Hudson Falls, and Clarence “Chip” Baker and his wife Jodie of Granville. Also a brother, Dennis Baker and his wife Marge of Hartford, and 11 grandchildren: Heather Carter, Billy Baker, Buffy Williams, Ricky Baker, Amber Merrill, Logan Baker, Dyana Baker, Matt Baker, Mindy Baker, Cody Baker and Jesse Baker as well as 19 great grandchildren.
In keeping with Hank’s wishes he will be cremated and there will be no calling hours.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street, Granville with the Rev. Thomas Zelker presiding. Following the funeral there was a family gathering at the North Granville Community Center at 1:30 for family and friends to call.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Granville Rescue Squad, POB 158, Granville, NY 12832.