Gale E. Baker
Gale E. Baker, age 89 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Sunday January
29, 2012 at 5:27 AM at his residence. He was born August 31, 1922
in Darke County, Ohio the son of the late Ray E. & Lillie (Ryan)
Baker. He worked as a machinist and tool maker at New Deal Tool
and Machine Company, Dayton, Ohio.
He served in the United States Army 83th Infantry Division during World
War II where he was a prisoner of war in Germany for 138 days. He
received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, American Service Medal, Good
Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2
Bronze Battle Stars, & 2 Overseas Service Bars.
He was a member of the Church of Christ, Greenville, Ohio, Disabled
American Veterans Darke County Chapter # 57, Greenville VFW # 7262,
Greenville American Legion Post # 140, also the 40/8 at the American
Legion, Greenville Moose Lodge # 329, former member of the Honorable
Order of Kentucky Colonels, Louisville, Kentucky, former member of the
83th Infantry Division Association, Kentucky Chapter.
He is preceded in death by his parents; 1st Wife: Irene L. Baker
on January 13, 1999; brothers: Cecil & Willard Baker;
sister: Betty Mailhot
He is survived by his wife: Ethel May (Crail) Baker of
Greenville; sons & daughters in law: Steven & Karen Baker
of Greenville, Ron & Shirley Baker of Arcanum, Gale D. Baker of
Arcanum; step children & spouses: Ronald Lee & Kathy
Spears of Florida, Michelen & Jerry Weaver of Indiana, Steven R.
& Debbie Spears of North Carolina; grandchildren &
spouses: Craig S. Baker of California, Julian & David Jones
of Greenville, Kendra R. Baker of Troy, Lee Alan & Melissa Baker of
Covington, Kentucky; step grandchildren & spouses: Amy Rose
of Texas, Terry & Jamie Russ of Florida, Tonya & David
Vanschmittou of South Carolina, Shannon Lee & Christy Spears of
Florida, Heather & Dan Palermiti of Texas; 18 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Thursday February 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Zechar
Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Syman Blackwell
officiating. Burial will follow in St. Johns Church
Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on
Thursday at the funeral home. Full Veteran’s services will be
conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of
flowers donation may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com