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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

3295 East Highland Road, Highland, MI

OBITUARY

Lloyd Lewis Baker Jr.

December 8, 1957October 18, 2019
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Lloyd Baker Jr., age 61, of White Lake Township, passed away October 18, 2019. Beloved husband of Nancy. Loving father of Christine Baker, Jeremiah Baker, and Margaret (Michael) Adams. Treasured grandfather of Landon Mann, Lacey Mann, Aaron Adams, Samantha Adams, and Prylynn Adams. Dear brother of Joanne (the late Jim) Jewell, Phyllis (the late Bob) Schmidenberg, Ruthie (Mickey) McFarland and Nancy (Mike) Webb. Lloyd will be missed by numerous other family and friends.

Sgt USMC 1977 -1983 Lloyd Started out In Motor Transport With the 8th Engineers at Camp Lejeune NC. In 1979 He Changed MOS and went to PMEL for Calibration to become a Calibration Technician with HM&S 32 at MCAS Cherry Point. Lloyd went on deployment to the middle east and took part in the “Gulf Of Sidra Incident” aboard the USS Nassau. Lloyd was on its first voyage in 1981 as a Harrier Carrier.

After The service Lloyd Found Work with Comtel Standards Lab as a contract worker at Ford’s Diversified Products Technical Center. 1992 Lloyd establishes Ford as a member of the NCSL, with Lloyd as delegate for all of Ford. 2003 Lloyd leaves Ford for Dynamic Technologies. While with DTI Lloyd is assigned to the GM contract developing the Global Engineering Equipment Tracking system (GEETS). 2015 Lloyd is one of very few retained by GM from the long-term contract with Trescal (formerly DTI) to continue development of GM’s Global Engineering Equipment Tracking system (GEETS) Lloyd is still a major part of NCSLI (formerly NCSL) and the automotive industries. Lloyd was dedicated Metrologist and Regional Coordinator for NCSLI, a volunteer professional organization for metrology, the science of measurement. Where he represented Ford, Trescal, and GM over the years.

Lloyd was Scoutmaster troop 42 in White Lake for many years. He was also a part of the Boy Scouts district training and roundtable staff and ran Okpic cold weather adult training. He was also trained at the Northern Tier High Adventure scout base in Ely, Minnesota, as an outdoor skills instructor. Over the years, he shared his boundary waters with over one hundred other people. He was awarded the Silver Beaver for his many contributions to the scouting community. He also has been a member of Chief Pontiac Programs for more than 30 years. He helped coordinate the Chief Pontiac Trail backpacking programs, Little Brave Cub scout programs.

Lloyd was an avid re-enactor who belonged to several groups including the Sanford Brigade and the Chief Pontiac Programs Committee, where he was the chairman of the Living History Village at the farm center at Kensington Metro Park. Lloyd coordinated programs at the living history where he enjoyed talking to village visitors and teaching colonial carpentry classes. He was always on the lookout for old carpentry tools and enjoyed collecting them spending many hours at flea markets and antique shops. He was a National Historical Interpreter member in good standing. He often did first-person interpretations, including David Thompson and Ben Franklin for many local Historical societies. His participation in re-enacting allowed him to exercise two of his other passions; woodworking and storytelling. He will be greatly missed here but we all know that in Heaven he is telling our Lord the "Strike the pose" story!

He loved going back to Pennsylvania to visit historical sites and the area where he grew up. He participated in reenacting particularly the 1700’s to 1850. He was an excellent historian and a nationally certified historic interpreter and was an excellent first-person historical orator.

Lloyd Baker started at GM Proving Ground in 2005, as a Metrology (Measurement Science) Leader. Lloyd installed a GM Global Metrology Tracking system and represented GM as a leader in the International Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCLSi). He will be remembered fondly by all those he touched at the Proving Ground and around the world. He was always willing to help and go beyond expectations, a testament to the Marine ethos “Semper Fi”.

Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2019, from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 10:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 am at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, PO Box 245, Douglasville, PA 19518. Online donations http://www.historicpreservationtrust.org or to the American Legion of your choice.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

Lloyd Lewis Baker Jr.

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Alex Hutchings

October 29, 2019

HeyLloyd,
Thank you for sharing your life with us. Just so you know, you were not given permission to go. Even if you didn't know that, I hope you do know how much you will be missed….the answer is a lot. You're twice my age, have roughly eight times more work experience than I do, and are infinitely more cool than I'll ever be, but you never seemed to mind those differences and were wholly invested in what became a great friendship. You are the same great person wherever you are, uniquely genuine and likeable. I have been told by people from all over the world that they respect you for your knowledge, comradery, and thoughtfulness. You are always learning new things and sharing that knowledge with me; despite my poor dovetails, I promise a lot of it sank in :)
I know you have found what you would wish me when I gave you a "HeyLloyd", and I wish it now for your family: Wonderfulness.
I love you, Lloyd, and I can't wait until we meet again.

JoAnne Jewell

October 29, 2019

Lloyd was my baby brother. He was the ultimate surprise after four girls in our family. Being the oldest, I was trusted to act as second Mother to him. I use to pretend he was my baby. Then I got married and was not around for al lot of his growing up years. I missed a lot. But he was always my baby brother. I was so proud of him as he grew up and did such amazing things. He was so full of knowledge about most anything and could explain most anything. He got his love of the past from our father who always dreamed of having a cabin in the mountains and living " the old way". Funny part is Lloyd was not involved with carpentry like my dad until her had his own home. Then he turned from a Marine to a husband and father. He was given all my Dad's tool and from then on, he was truly my fathers son. All the wisdom of ages and past generations seemed to take hold of him. I can not believe he is gone, way before his time. I will miss him everyday.

John Klauke

October 28, 2019

Semper Fi Brother!

Nancy my deepest condolences, have many great memories. I Wish the best for you and the family.

Jacob Oesch

October 28, 2019

Mr. Baker was my first scoutmaster and he set the bar high. Always making people feel comfortable and never missed an opportunity to teach. Very knowledgeable about the outdoors and history. Beyond the many trips and treks we shared, 2 memories stand out:

While in full regalia, Lloyd was chopping wood. A low branch caught the axe causing him to strike his moccasin covered foot. He used it as an example of why we should establish a good axe yard and gladly accepted the nickname "dripping moccasin".

While cannoing down the Ausable River we came upon 2 young ladies who thought the river went in a circle (like Disney Land). We informed them that they were headed not back toward "the red lantern" campground, but rather out to Lake Huron! Lloyd graciously offered to get his little Ford Ranger, squeeze the 2 bikini clad ladies inside and transport them back to their camp. We had lots of laughs about that upon his return and learned never to miss the opportunity to help someone. So many more great things could and should be said. He was a rare leader in a world that seems to be losing them much faster than they are being raised up. Gone so young. He will be missed.

Brian Bismack

October 27, 2019

Lloyd always showed compassionte, thoughtful leadership during our time scouting with him. We enjoyed his wisdom and took it to heart. We were honored to have him say a few words at our eagle court and I still remember his thoughts to this day. He gave each of us a karabiner that represented a piece of chain. He noted how alobe, though it was strong, it was rigid and stiff and not very useful, but when intertwined with others it became both strong and flexible. It reminded us to always realize our need for other and other's need for us and how we form a more cohesive whole when we look to each other. I appreciate his words and thoughts to this day.

Chris Jones

October 26, 2019

He was a genuine badass.

Marianne & Jay Simancek

October 26, 2019

Lloyd always had a warm smile and kind heart. We knew him through Scouting where he was always generous, passionate and dedicated to sharing his talent, knowledge and wisdom with the young people and their parents.

May the Baker Family find strength in his legacy and eternal peace.

Sandy Progar

October 25, 2019

My goodness, Lloyd, you left us way too early. I will always smile when I think of you. You were always full of stories and experiences that you shared with everyone. You were always willing to help and teach anybody who needed it. You are going to be missed by so many people. Rest in peace Lloyd.

Nancy Webb

October 25, 2019

When we were younger, I was made to watch my little brother while my parents worked. Being a teenage girl and being 6 years apart in age, that was the last thing I wanted to do with my summer days. Needless to say, I didn’t treat my brother very nice back then. As adults, when we got together, he would always say: I’m gonna get even with you someday for being so mean to me", and we
would laugh about the past. Soooooo, on vacation with my brother and Nancy, my husband, Mike, my myself and my brother were canoeing in the wilderness. Having to go to the bathroom fairly urgently, my brother steered the canoe to the right bank, found a spot to get out, and said climb up the ledge there and do what you have to do. I thought he was kidding, but he wasn’t. So having to go badly, I climbed up the embankment, got out of sight, etc. When I got back in the canoe, I told my brother I better not have gotten poison ivy on my private parts, and we all laughed. We continued down the river, just around a bend, I would say about a short 100 feet, and my brother steered to the left embankment. He told me to look up. There they were: nice white concrete public restrooms. My brother and my husband were rolling with laughter, as my brother knew those bathrooms were there, all the time. Without hesitation, he said “Gotcha. We are now even.” I will always remember him saying: “Gotcha” and my heart will warm and I will smile. This is just one of many memories I will never forget. Love you baby brother. Nancy Faye

Michele Vogel

October 25, 2019

Always looked forward to my travels with Lloyd knowing that an adventure awaited. I will miss his stories and his vast knowledge of history. Sincere condolences to the family.

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