Frank Oscar Baker
April 20, 1935 – March 13, 2021
Frank O. Baker passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 at St.Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was born April 20, 1935 in Huntington, West Virginia to Jack Earle Baker (formerly Oscar Bruce) and Maye Eileen Denham. He and his mother moved back to the Pacific Northwest where he grew up in the Seattle area, before moving to Baker, Oregon to live with his Denham grandparents. He joined the army from high school, and married Katherine Linda Wilmot at Chapel-on-the-Hill at Fort Lawton, Seattle in June 1960. He served overseas in Germany and Korea, and returned stateside to Texas. Upon retiring from the army in 1973, Frank and Kathy relocated to Washington State and Frank gained employment with the United States Post Office, from which he retired in 1999. Frank has been a long time resident of Federal Way, Washington.
Frank enjoyed long drives, eating out, movies, fairs, parades, trains, cars, historical sites, nature, traveling, anything military related, and music. He loved connecting with family in Alabama by facetime or visits there. He cherished reunions with his Denham side in Oregon and special occasions with his Seattle family. He treasured his pre-Covid lunches out with fellow USPS retirees and men's Bible study with friends from the First Baptist Church in Federal Way, his church home. Known as "Uncle Frank," he lived his last three plus years at Laurelwood Manor, close to his home neighborhood in Federal Way. Frank supported all Veteran causes and also had a soft spot for animals in need. He adored his rescue cat, Mitzy and later, his adopted feral cat, Three Paws.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife for 49 years, Kathy Baker, and her sisters and their husbands, Barbara and Bill Hart and Jean and Tom Griffith. One nephew, Michael Hart, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his nephews, Bill Hart(Sandra) of Aguascalientes, Mexico and Philip Griffith of Calhan, Colorado, and nieces, Brenda Steadham(Buck) of Foley, Alabama, Deborah Griffith Houston(Barry) of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, Bonnie Davis(Mike) of Bay Minnette, Alabama, Susan Griffith(Drew Fillipo), Carol Griffith Konswa(Sam), and Terri Griffith(GarySink) of Seattle, Washington. He also is survived by many grand and great nieces and nephews who held him fondly in their hearts.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project and/or the Humane Society.
A visitation for Frank will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133-8244. A graveside service will occur be held at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Evergreen-Washelli.com for the Baker family.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8360 - Evergreen Washelli Cemetery
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Frank Oscar Baker
April 6, 2021
I knew Frank at the Postal Service and always appreciated his hard work. He always belonged to the union and attended union functions whenever he could manage to and brought his wife to the picnics a few years ago.
Frank liked to have a couple of cold ones after work when he and most of us worked at the Terminal Annex which closed in 1996.
He was a good man may he Rest in Peace.
March 26, 2021
I didn't really know my mom's friend Frank too much since I lived out of the area for quite a while. However I had the pleasure of getting to know him a bit when taking care of my mom Marilyn Goodenough in her last couple years. He called her regularly, and she got a lot of joy out of those phone calls. It usually took her a while to call him back when he left a message and he like to give her a hard time for that. Frank had a wonderful chuckle, which I most noticed when he talked about something unpleasant like his pain, because it is not something someone would normally laugh about, but he did. My Mom and Frank had a wonderful last visit about a year ago, when they were both kind of struggling. I really saw how special their relationship was when they both seem to be a ray of sunshine for each other. It is amazing that they left this world within a couple months of each other. I would like to think they are enjoying a sweet visit.
March 24, 2021
Frank was a dear friend for many years. We met at the US Postal Service, General Mail Facility at 3rd & Lander and worked together from November 1988 until he transferred to the Airport Mail Facility. I would see Frank and sometimes his wife, Kathy at our annual Mail Handler picnics, usually held at Angle Lake Park, near SeaTac Airport.
After Frank retired, we stayed in touch. Frank participated in the Postal Retirees luncheon group and I joined him there in 2009. Eventually the group divided and the "South Branch" was formed. That branch met at restaurants in the Southcenter area and at Federal Way, Washington. Eventually, the group moved all luncheons to Federal Way restaurants and Frank was very happy to show off his friends to his favorite establishments. He was well known at Applebee's, Old Country Buffet, Red Lobster and others. The South Branch membership consisted of about six people, more or less. We were meeting twice a month. Frank rarely missed a scheduled luncheon.
Frank loved his home in Laurelwood. He had a computer set up in his family room, where he stayed in touch with his Alabama family members and his many postal friends. I would visit often to help him resolve technical issues. Usually, these were just minor problems requiring fifteen minutes to resolve. I was surprised the day that he had somehow managed to delete the entire Windows 10 operating system! That issue took a little longer to repair and we both had a good laugh over it. He was grateful for my assistance and I was happy to help him out.
We were best friends... and I will miss him. He was well liked and respected by those who knew him. My condolences to his loved ones. Frank was one of a kind... and he was a man of faith in God.
March 23, 2021
It was my privilege to help Uncle Frank with his appointments and try to get him the best care for his needs. It was more of a challenge to get his house cleared out and ready for sale. Thankfully, Uncle Frank and I had the support of my sisters and their husbands, and other friends that stepped in, to handle the great task. So thankful that Uncle Frank got to see the transformation of his home and be able to see others move into the house he so loved, and missed sharing with Aunt Kathy.
Phyllis Albriktsen (McDowell)
March 22, 2021
Frank became a family friend when I was about 12,13. About 1955. He was in Army,, He kinda adopted us McDowells became part of our family like an adopted brother. Had bit of crush on Marilyn, older sister. He'd take me (younger sister) to all sorts of places, Ice Capades, Lipilozon Horse show, etc! We three sisters were like his siblings! He was a sweet, lovable brother to our whole family! Always a gentleman, caring friend. We'll so miss his treasured friendship! Love, prayers to all his family, Phyllis