OBITUARY

John Edward Baker

June 1, 1925April 15, 2012

“Jack” Baker of Stafford died at his home on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the age of 86.

He was born in Whitehall, NY on June 1, 1925 to the late Roy and Katherine Baker. He had a brother, Roy K Baker, Jr. who preceded him in death.

He received his B-Ed from New York State Teachers College at Plattsburgh in 1947; New York University, Masters Ed Program 1948; University of Mississippi, MBA, Business 1963; US Army War College, 1969; Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program, (AMP64) 1972; Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) 1979. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

He met his wife Luella while teaching history at Saugerties Public School, Saugerties, New York. They were married in 1948.

He saw action in World War II as a Naval officer in the Pacific theatre. After the war, he enlisted in the Army in the Artillery branch, where he served a decorated career for 26 years. During that time he was stationed in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and various bases in the US. While commanding in Viet Nam he received the Silver Star.

He has also been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit with two Oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters for Cambodia; the Air Medal with Valor and 16 Oak Leaf Clusters; The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Armed Forces Staff Medal.

After retiring from an illustrious career in the military as a Colonel he worked as a business consultant for General Business Services before becoming a Realtor in 1975. He spent the rest of his life as a Real Estate Broker in Stafford, VA and was a member of the Fredericksburg Board of Realtors.

He started his Real Estate career with Aquia Realty. In 1988 he opened Jack Baker and Associates Inc. in Stafford, Virginia. While a Broker he saw Stafford transform from a community of approx. 24,000 to 129,000. He was a dedicated, honest, and respected businessman and a mentor to the community of Realtors and business developers in Stafford.

Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Luella; three children, Bonnie McNeese and husband, David; Kathie Heimerdinger; John Baker and wife, Teri; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 step grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 20th at 5:00 p.m. at Mullins & Thompson, Stafford Chapel. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children-Houston, 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030, or the Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, April 20, 2012
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June 8, 2012

To the Baker Family:
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the care team for Mr. Baker.
The Staff of Cuidado Casero Home Care
Linda Ray, Chaplain

Danny Vaughan

April 22, 2012

It has been an honor and priveledge to be able to call Jack "Grandpa". Since I married his granddaughter - Meleah - almost 9 years ago, I have been blessed with many things. Right up there at the top was having the pleasure of being a part of Jack's (and Lu's) life. Every single time I saw Jack he would always say " How are you doing young man?" which always made me smile! I will forever miss Grandpa and all the bits of advice and words of wisdom he taught me. Jack and my Father were 2 of the greatest men God ever created, and they were both a gift to many. I miss them both terribly and I imagine they are enjoying each other's company this very moment talking about ways to improve Heaven's Banking and Real Estate needs!!! May God Bless you Jack Baker and our families and friends. Thank you for everything. I love you and will miss you.......Danny Vaughan

Kathy Loy

April 20, 2012

Dear Lu, and Family, Wayne and I were so, so, sad to hear that Mr. Baker passed away. We meet your family over 25 years ago. Jack helped us buy, and sell our first house here in Stafford. He also helped Wayne and I on a personal level with some very good advice. He was a wonderful man, and we were blessed to have meet him, and called him our friend! Sending all of you our love, and prayers. He will be missed terribly. Our hearts are very heavy with sadness today. God' blessings to you. Kathy and Wayne Loy

April 20, 2012

Jack was a big part of my success in Real Estate. I loved and respected him dearly. My heart goes out to you, Lu, and your family. Love, Marilyn Love Cody

Nora Mundy

April 20, 2012

I remember the first time I met Jack. We had a transaction together. He was
so helpful to a new agent just getting started. Need more like him.

Bill Oeters

April 19, 2012

Dear Lue and Family,

I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing and I want to express my deepest condolences on your loss. Jack was someone I always had the highest respect for and all of us at Carter Bank & Trust will miss him and his business acumen. Jake can now Rest in Peace and reap the rewards of his inspirational life.

April 19, 2012

Lu and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your Family. If our Daughter Beverly
hadn't worked for Jack and you,we wouldn't have known what a great person he was. He will be missed.
God Bless,
Bill and Louise Broadwater
Aliquippa, Pa

Heartland Sign Works

April 18, 2012

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Jack was a great man and will be missed dearly. We all enjoyed when he and Lou would come into the shop and visit. He was a funny and delightful man. May he rest in peace.

From everyone at Heartland Sign Works

Hap & Gail Hazard

April 18, 2012

Dear Lu , Since Gail & I moved to Tappahannock, VA I have only read the FLS twice and was saddened today when I read about Jack. He is well remembered and will be greatly missed. Hap Hazard & Gail (Padgett) Hazard

Betty Jasmjund

April 18, 2012

There are so many thoughts I could express about Jack. He was not only my mentor but a dear and lasting friend. His gift to the REALTOR community cannot be measured in words but the lasting values he shared with us through the years will live forever. He had a distinguished life in many capacities and I will always cherish what I learned and relied on for many years. Jack was a hero in our midst.