Longtime Grand Junction resident Raymond Baker died Sept. 28, 2017, at Larchwood Inns in Grand Junction. He was 92.
He was born Dec. 8, 1924, to Morris and Stella Baker in Lamar. He turned 17 one day after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, and he, like many of his classmates, enlisted in the military. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Lamar and graduated with the class of 1944.
He moved to Eads and started Baker Oil Company, which he owned and operated in Eads and Grand Junction until his retirement in 1987.
In 1945, he married Maxine Osolin; they had four children before the marriage dissolved in 1967.
On Aug. 14, 1971, he married Hazel Moore. They shared 21 years of marriage before her death on June 19, 1993.
Mr. Baker was a member of Elks Lodge #575 and American Legion Post #211. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Karen (Don) Gifford, Marilyn (Tom) Quinn, Ken (Deb) Baker, Lee Baker, Connie (Jerry) Baptista, Georgiana (Rich) Weimer, Victor (Michelle) Moore, Rocky Moore and Robynn (Kirk Knowles) Moore; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; a brother; a sister; and his ex-wife, Maxine.
Memorial gifts may be made to Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Food Bank of the Rockies - Western Slope or HopeWest.
A celebration of life and a private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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