Meadville Tribune

January 3, 2014

Russell Wayne Baker

Meadville Tribune

CANAL TOWNSHIP, Venango County — CANAL TOWNSHIP, Venango County — Russell Wayne Baker, 94, of Canal Township, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at his residence following a lengthy illness. Born March 18, 1919 in Franklin, he was A son of Cecil and Margaret Reese Baker. He married Dermalyn Cotterman on Oct. 2, 1948, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 9, 1997.

He was a corporal with the U.S. Army during World War II, having served with the 445th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, and received the European and African Campaign Medal as well as Good Conduct and World War II Victory Medal.

Returning from the war, he worked as a lumberman with his family and also farmed, raising cattle, horses and trained ponies. He also owned and drove school buses and enjoyed woodworking with his wife.

He was a member of Utica Volunteer Fire Department and also worked for Canal Township and served as a township supervisor.

Survivors include a son, Russell L. (Butch) Baker of Franklin, and a daughter, Kay Bell and her husband, Larry, of Cochranton; four grandchildren, Rusty Baker and his wife, Tami, of Cochranton, Scott Baker and his companion, Louise Plummer, of Utica, Nicole Bell and friend, Ryan Chmura, of Hermitage, and Traci Neely and her husband, Brian, of Utica; two great-grandchildren, Austin Plummer and Derek Baker; a brother, Curtis Baker and his wife, Marilyn, of Cochranton; a daughter-in-law, Andy Baker; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence and his wife, Peg; a sister, Audrey Turner and her husband, Grover; and an infant sister, Rollajolene, and an infant brother, Kenneth.

The family wish to extend a special thank you to Russell’s caregivers, Tom Cramer, Brenda and Sheena Goodman, Dana Foster, Chris Keith and Pat Bell.

Friends will be received at Dickson Family Funeral Home Inc., 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton, today from noon until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Harrietta Serrins and the Rev. Wayne Rapp, co-officiating.

Interment will be in Peters Cemetery, Canal Township, Venango County.

The family ask that memorials be made to Utica Volunteer Fire Department, Box 83, Utica Pa. 16362; or Lupher Chapel United Methodist Church, Old Route 322, Franklin, Pa. 16323.