Reverand William E. Baker, 89, went home to be with the Lord on October 23, 2017, at Dickinson County Hospital in Iron Mountain.
He was born February 17, 1928, in Caledonia, MI, son of William and Helen (Robertson) Baker. As a young man he joined the Army and served in Japan during the occupation from 1946 to 1948. After that he went to watchmaker school and worked for his grandfather in his jewelry store repairing watches. He then worked as a foreman in a factory for two years. In 1950 he purchased and ran two stores in a mall in Grand Rapids, MI until 1963.
He was then called to serve the Lord and went to seminary school. He met and married his beloved wife Dorothy in 1965 and they began their ministry together. They, along with another pastor and his wife started a church in Grand Rapids that included a weekly T.V. show. They served in various churches until coming to Bark River Bible Church in 1977- retiring in 1992. After retiring he sub preached for many local churches. He also taught computer classes and repaired them as well. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Club and was a volunteer radio operator with Airforce MARS for several years. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
William is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Mark) Ray; grandchildren, Diana (David) Oman, Aaron Ray and Samantha Mlostek; great grandchildren Allyson, Elise, Gabriel, Alyse, Liam, Jaylen, Kase, Lauren and Gavin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother, and his wife along with a very dear nephew.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bark River Bible Church in Bark River with services to follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Brad Cochrane officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Baker family.