Fred L. Baker, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at home in Grand Junction, Colo.
Fred was born Oct. 21, 1917 in Hillsboro, Tex. to Luther and Dorothy Hodges Baker. He grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and graduated from John Brown High School, a boarding school, in Arkansas. After high school, Fred initially served two years in the Army during peacetime then enlisted and served in the Navy during WWII. After he served his country, Fred became a federal court reporter which took him to Tucson, Ariz.
There he met and married Elizabeth “Betty” Rose Newman Schrader in Tucson, Ariz., June 30, 1977. Fred and Betty enjoyed many activities such as flying their small plane, ballroom dancing, boating, motorcycle riding and RVing throughout the United States and Mexico. Fred enjoyed gardening and was known for his beautiful roses. Fred loved dogs and raised cocker spaniels for show. He later showed his golden retreivers. He also enjoyed skeet shooting, photography, golfing and just spending time with his many friends and family members.
Fred and Betty settled down in Moab, where they made many wonderful friends and became deeply involved in the St. Pius X Catholic Church community. Fred was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club, and a pilot’s club in Arizona.
Fred is survived by his children, Lynn (Ken) Luball of Grand Junction, Paula (Lew) Rosen of Claremont, N.H., David (Diane) Schrader of Sebastopol, Calif., and Beth O’Barr of Tucson. He is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty on Jan. 16, 2008.
A funeral mass will be held April 18 at 10 a.m. with a rosary service Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military rites being accorded by American Legion Post No. 54.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.