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Willis Charles Baker

June 22, 1932 ~ May 14, 2018 (age 85)

Sharpsburg, MD – Willis Charles Baker, 85, of Sharpsburg, MD passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 at his home.

 

He was born on June 22, 1932 in Benevola, MD to the late Wilbur Woodrow and Mary Roxanne Stine Baker. He was the third oldest of thirteen children.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou McGraw Baker on December 3, 2009.

 

He was a 1950 graduate of Boonsboro High School Boonsboro, MD.

 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict.

 

Willis was employed by Hoffman Chevrolet Hagerstown, MD for 35 years as the Body Shop Manager until his retirement.  After his retirement he worked for Crawford Insurance Company for 15 years.  He previously worked for Bester and Long of Hagerstown, MD.

 

He retired after 40 years as part owner and operator of Pete’s Tavern Sharpsburg, MD. He also owned and operated Sharpsburg Service Center.

 

He was a Board member and volunteer with Mt. View Cemetery Sharpsburg, MD for many years and spent countless hours working in the cemetery.

 

He was a member of Benevola United Methodist Church.

 

Willis was a member of Hagerstown Lodge #378 BPO Elks, life member of Tribe #155 IORM Boonsboro, MD, Clopper- Michael Post #10 American Legion Boonsboro, MD, and IORM #84 Williamsport, MD.

 

He was a proud supporter of his community, clubs, and organizations.

 

He also served 12 years with the Town of Sharpsburg as Councilman, Vice Mayor, Treasurer, Water and Sewer Board, and Zoning Appeals Board.

 

He is survived by his sister Mary Butts of Chambersburg, PA; sister Loretta Stottlemyer of Benevola, MD; sister Shirley Happ of Frederick, MD; sister Betty Lou Kunz of Frederick, MD; brother Larry Baker of Keedysville, MD; sister Mary Sue Hamilton of Hagerstown, MD; brother Gary Baker of Dargan, MD; brother David Baker of Benevola, MD; cousin Gene Grimm of Keedysville, MD; numerous nieces and nephews; close friends Carol and Kamilla Miller, George Seward, and Sonny Edleblute.

 

He was predeceased by his sister Betty Barrett, and brothers Franklin J. Baker Sr., Lawrence Baker, and Eugene Baker, and nephew Franklin J. “Jamie” Baker, Jr.

 

The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home 425 S. Conococheague St. Williamsport, MD on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The funeral home will be open after 9:00 am on Wednesday for the convenience of family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at Osborne Funeral Home 425 S. Conococheague St. Williamsport, MD on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. Ernest E. Witmer officiating.  Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery Sharpsburg, MD. Military graveside services will be provided by Clopper-Michael Post #10 American Legion Boonsboro, MD.

 

Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21742 or Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company P.O. Box 297 Sharpsburg, MD 21782 or Sharpsburg Area EMS P.O. Box 307 Sharpsburg, MD 21782

 

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