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Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

David Alan Baker

May 31, 1938July 19, 2020
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David “Dave” Alan Baker, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was born on May 31, 1938 to the late Leonard L. and Mildred Baker. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and retired from Haffner Paint Co. in 2001 after 18 years. He also worked for Glidden and Pittsburgh Paints and served in the U. S. Air Force. David was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and a former member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church. He was a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion. He was an Indiana High School Athletic Official, a Boy Scout Leader and an avid Ohio State fan. Mr. Baker is survived by his children, Dawn Frecker, Craig (Amy) Baker of Ft. Wayne, Matthew (Mary Ortega) Baker of Huntertown, Hal (Angela) Baker of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Charlotte, Colton, Adam, Justin, Megan, and Amber; and siblings, Dorothy Helland of Charleston, IL, and Carolyn English of Oregon, OH. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Baker; a brother, Richard Baker; and a sister, Marilyn Shufelt. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 14623 Bluffton Road, Yoder, IN 46798 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be on Friday, July 24, 2020 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, with a Rosary Service beginning at 7:30 pm at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46819. Memorials may be made to Embassy Theatre, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or Masses. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com for the Baker family.

  • DONATIONS

  • Embassy Theatre
  • Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
  • Masses

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

Memories

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Kenneth Hartman

July 28, 2020

We had such good times on cruises with Dave and Norma
Baker. Alaska was especially a great . Saw Denalie and took
a train ride to Fairbanks what a wonderful trip.

Dick White

July 25, 2020

To the family and friends of Dave!! I am so sorry & sad over your loss. Dave was the best friend any guy could ever have! I consider myself lucky to have shared a part of his life. I have many fond memories of him & Dot around the Jefferson & Embassy. We all worked & hung around together,your Dave,myself,Racine and good time Charly Hearn pretty scary. When Dave first seen Norma I'll never forget how he chased after her like a hound dog until she caught him.Great couple and from what I've seen a beautiful family!BEST WISH TO ALL!!!


Mark and Lauren Hartman

July 23, 2020

When someone really cares for something, they say it’s their “Pride and Joy.” I feel like Uncle Dave was one of the people who represented that feeling in such a real way. Both when I was little and as an adult, Dave’s big smile was always the backdrop that let me know he really cared about the things he did and talked about. Whether it was officiating sports, playing in the senior games or volunteering at the Embassy, we always got the sense that he was doing the things he wanted and was rightfully proud of them. In his always enthusiastic (and sometimes ornery) way, both of us got to share in his genuine sense of joy through his stories and pastimes. Uncle Dave came at life in a big way.

I’m sure there was a lot that’s hard (as there is in any life), but I think Uncle Dave and Aunt Norma found a lot of joy in their lives, families and experiences, and that will be missed.

All our love,
Mark and Lauren Hartman

Tony Vining

July 23, 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of Dave's death. May he be renewed in the Kingdom of God. Condolences for the family through this time. We will miss his smile, and his antics.

Angie (Hartman) Evans

July 23, 2020

Dear Family,
We are very sorry for the loss of Uncle Dave and wish we could be there to give you each a hug. I’ll remember his joy of life and how he brought humor and fun to those around him. I’ll remember Chain ‘O Lakes and camping as kids, sometimes in very soggy conditions! But always with love and laughter! I’ll remember trips to Ohio and being so excited to see you all (and Tippy!) after a long drive.
Sending Our Love,
Angie & Robert Evans, Aaron Kimbel

Ritchard Baker

July 22, 2020

Best Uncle a young man could have...fond memories. Nothing but love and sincere sympathy as we remember David Baker.

Shirley Ortega

July 22, 2020

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Treasure the memories of your Dad. He lived life his way. God be with him.

Barry Jorris

July 22, 2020

I met Dave at Concordia high school where we did a softball game together. I remember talking with him afterwards and he told Me about is wife dying and he was just getting back to umpiring. I did other softball games with him and volleyball games. Sat in meetings with him and he was always kidding around and smiling. We talk about our faiths and I prayed for him. Praying comfort and peace over the family now.

Barry Jorris
Referee friend
260-760-4314

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