Martin E. Baker

April 9, 1926October 27, 2012

Martin E. Baker, 86, of Lawnton, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. Born in Harrisburg April 9, 1926, a son of the late Joseph Baker and Margaret (Eckert) Baker. He was so proud to be an American and always flew his American Flag. He was a graduate of the former Harrisburg William Penn High School, class of 1944. Mr. Baker proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. A WWll veteran with the 76th Infantry Division as first scout he was awarded the bronze star, the combat infantry badge and one battle star for Central Europe. He spent 1969 in Vietnam serving as a civilian where he wrote a secret report on the High Use of Inventory (spare parts for downed tanks) for General Abrams. He retired from the Federal Government.

He was a life member, past commander, and chaplain of American Legion Post 1001 Harrisburg. Life member and past commander of VFW Post 710 Steelton; a Past Chef De Guerre and President of V-269 40 & 8; a Life member of Sixth Street Clover Club, Harrisburg; a Life member of Amvets Post 286, Rutherford; a Member and past commander of VFW Post 1718; and active in Dauphin County Council and the Districts of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, John Baker, Leroy Baker, Lawrence Baker and Helen Mentzer, and the love of his life, wife, Joy Livingston Baker.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra A. Weber, of Wertzville, and Cheryl Baker, of Enola; three granddaughters, Tracy Pyle, Wendy Masson and Kacey Baker; six great-grandchildren, Logan, Landen, Miller, Shaw, Drew and Maryn; as well as a sister, Dorothy, of Hummelstown; a brother, Joseph, of Harrisburg; and brother-in-law and best friend, Ronald Livingston, of Lawnton.

A viewing will be held at 9:30 AM Friday, November 2, 2012 and the Funeral Service at 10:30 AM in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.


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September 15, 2013

Dad, I miss you every day, especially on Sundays. I Love You.

Fred Garnes

September 14, 2013

I am a Vietnam veteran and on occasion I collect items pertaining to my tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967 & 1968. I recently won on eBay, what turned out to be a few possessions once owned by Mr Baker. It comprises of literature, and his travel orders, he received apparently before his commitment, as a civilian, to serve in Vietnam in 1968 & 1969.
According to the person who auctioned this material on eBay, he had purchased it at an estate sale that I assume was Mr. Baker's. Mr. Baker and I both served under the 1st Logistical Command, though in VERY different roles. I offer a big SALUTE to Mr. Baker's WWII and civilian Vietnam service and to his family. He must have been a very special man.

November 18, 2012

It took me this long to be able to write to you Dad. I will always miss you and you will always be with me. Mom and you can now be together again. I love you both. Your other daughter.

Carla Jackson

November 2, 2012

Debbie and Cheryl,and family you all have my deepest condolences in your time of grief.

Kacey Baker

November 1, 2012

I'll miss you so much Pop Pop but I'm glad you can be with the love of your life again. Keep watching over us. I love you.

Cathy (Benfer) Kunkle

November 1, 2012

I was so very sorry to learn of your father's passing. When you lived on Camp Street, I lived across the street from you on Jefferson. I remember many happy childhood times at your home. With Sincerest Sympathy, Cathy Benfer Kunkle


October 31, 2012

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Kimberly Ross Seals

October 30, 2012

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

Jo Anne Waltman

October 29, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Baker family. Marty was a good friend to my father, Bob Sellers. He was a good man and I'm sure left many wonderful memories to comfort you.

October 29, 2012

Goodbye Uncle Mart, When my father died, I was eleven and you gave me the best advice that I have tried to live by:
Don't do anything that would make your mother cry!
You taught me to love fishing.
Lou Mintzer