Verne E. Baker

Jan. 13, 1926 - Dec. 31, 2005

AVON — Former Greencastle resident Verne E. Baker, 79, Avon, died Dec. 31, 2005, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Anderson, the son of Walter and Florence (Smith) Baker. He was a graduate of Anderson High School Class of 1944. He received his degree in business and marketing from Indiana University in 1950.

He had been a manager at P.R. Mallorys in Greencastle for 20 years, retiring in 1987. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Greencastle. He was very active in Gideons and a member of the Kiwanis Club, Greencastle. He attended the Plainfield First Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Madge M. (Risk) Baker, whom he married Nov. 7, 1953; a son, Rex (wife, Pam) Baker of Brownsburg; a daughter, Becky (husband, Jeff) Keck of Brownsburg; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Donald Baker.

Services were conducted Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Bowen officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

Arrangements were handled by Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, Greencastle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 or The Gideons, P.O. Box 204, Greencastle, IN 46135.

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