OBITUARY

Gene Russel Baker

September 23, 1927December 20, 2011

Gene Russel Baker, Retired Spokane Fire Department Firefighter, passed away on December 20, 2011 at the Valley Hospital and Medical Center. Gene was 84. He had been a Firefighter for 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1983. He and his wife, Irene, were looking forward to the Holidays and their anniversary in January. They had planned a trip to Hawaii next spring. Those who knew Gene knew he was a devoted and loving husband, and a good and caring friend. His smile and chuckle were infectious to everyone. Gene had looked forward to speaking with Father Mike Kwiatkowski, St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Otis Orchards, after the Holidays, as he wanted to become a Catholic. Gene is survived by his wife, Irene, daughter, Karen, sister-in-law Anne Clausen two brothers, two sisters and two step-children, John and Laurie. Visitation will be at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, on January 3, 2012 from 2pm to 8pm. Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, January 4th at 11:00AM, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, N. 4521 Arden Road, Otis Orchards, WA, with a reception following. Interment will follow the reception at 1:30pm at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery on Trent. Pallbearers for Gene will be The Spokane Fire Department Honor Guard.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Graig Smith

January 4, 2012

I remember Gene as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather; and as a helpful and unassuming friend. He helped me find my first job in Spokane over 35 years ago as a welder's helper and helped me move into our current home.

gloria Johnson

January 4, 2012

Every time you light a candle,that shows that some one dear to you is looking down at you, as i do this for birthdays & Holidays then I know they are with me and that make me smile!I hope this will work for you !as they are with you always!!

gloria Johnson

January 4, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Vicki

January 2, 2012

Our condolences to Gene's family and friends from the checkers at Safeway where Gene frequently shopped.

He was the kindest, most giving, caring man. We at Safeway knew him as "The Candy Man" as he would slip you a small piece of candy after he was done talking to you, going through your checkout line.

We were greatly saddened to see that Gene had passed. We hadn't seen him in the store for quite some time and were wondering if he had become ill.

I certainly enjoyed seeing Gene coming to my line as I looked forward to seeing his smile and the candy, of course. :)

Roberta R

January 2, 2012

We am very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was a wonderful man and he was one of our favorite patients. He use to tell us stories of his time as a firefighter and Navy man when he would come in to our office. When he told us he was switching to his new wife's dental office we felt like we were losing a part of our family. We always hoped he would return to our office-- now it saddens us to know we will never see him again. Our sincere condolences to his daughter Karen and partner, Laura. Gene, thanks for the memories and great laughs. Roberta @ Dr. McKennon's office

January 2, 2012

Your family loves and misses you

January 2, 2012

Fortunately the universe conspired to get us together for this picture in August. We love you. Karen and Laura and Nancy and John and Jared and Ian

January 2, 2012

You are in are thoughts always. Love, Karen and Laura

January 2, 2012

We miss you so much. Love, Karen and Laura

January 2, 2012

Karen, That is a very nice write up that you and Nancy and Laura did about your dad. He was always very nice to me, probably one of the nicest men I've ever had the pleasure to know. I will miss him a lot but will never forget him. You were very fortunate to have such a great father.

Marlene Dunphy Eisner