Gerald Lynn “Jerry” Baker, 91, of Tecumseh passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family and the wonderful care of Hospice.
Gerald was born on Aug. 7, 1918, in Waldron, Mich., the son of James W. Baker and Mildred (Zolman) Baker. On July 23, 1938, Gerald married Doris Isabell Mills, and in 2009 they celebrated 71 years of marriage and she survives.
Gerald devoted his entire life to his family and friends. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Tecumseh Masonic Lodge F&AM#69 for more than 60 years.
In earlier years, he was employed by the Tecumseh Products Company for 44 years. Gerald enjoyed golfing, camping, making woodworking projects, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, Doris I. Baker of Tecumseh; one son, Kenneth (Becky) Baker; five grandchildren, Dee (Skeeter) Wagoner, Jennifer Kardatzke, Laura (Daryl) Kreiser, Courtney Kirk and Tommy Baker; nine great-grandchildren Taylor, Trevor, Sammuel, Sydney, Kendra, Marissa, Logan, Wyatt and Cameron.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Richard Gene Baker and Mark Allen Baker, and one grandson, Thomas Richard Baker.
Visitation services to honor the life of Gerald Baker were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, with burial in Brookside Cemetery.
At the family’s request, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.