Herbert 'Herbie' Baker


Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2002

Heritage Place resident Herbert "Herbie" Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001, in Soldotna. He was 84.

A memorial service was held Jan. 5, 2002, at Heritage Place. A military service and burial will be held at the Berlin Corner Cemetery in Berlin, Vt., at a later date.

Mr. Baker was born May 7, 1917, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., to Orville Willard and Effie Adalaide (Thompson) Baker. He grew up in Concord, Vt., where he graduated from Concord High School in 1935. Mr. Baker attended Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vt., for a year before going to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. He graduated from Norwich University in 1941.

Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. He served in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lt. at Ft. Devens, Mass.

On March 28, 1942, he married Phyllis Alma Hoare of Montpelier, Vt. The couple raised a daughter and three sons. Mr. Baker worked in direct sales for several years prior to becoming a right-of-way appraiser for the state of Vermont.

On Sept. 3, 1972, he married Frances Merrill in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Mr. Baker was a member of the Methodist Church of Concord, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Central Vermont Boating Club.

He enjoyed being in the water, canoeing and sailing and learned to water ski when he was 50. Riding a snowmachine was a favorite winter pastime.

Music was very much a part of his life. He played the piano in a variety of styles, "by ear."

Mr. Baker moved to Alaska in May 1997, where he lived with his daughter Phoebe-Jane and her family in Sterling. He also lived in Homer and Kasilof.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death by brothers Alban and Willard.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Phoebe-Jane and Rick Abbott of Sterling; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas J. and Charolette Baker of Soldotna; sons Alan T. and John E. Baker of Montpelier, Vt.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his former wife and lifelong friend, Phyllis A. Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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