Van Baker

March 06, 1932 - July 13, 2017

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Saturday, July 15, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, July 15, 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Van Baker, 85, of Kendallville formerly of Albion died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 3:20 a.m. in Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

He was born March 6, 1932, in Hamilton to Virgil and Artie Faye (Beard) Baker.

He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War where he served as an aircraft mechanic and corpsman.

On March 6, 1955, in Butler he married Evelyn V. Knox.

Mr. Baker retired from Starcraft in Topeka after 26 years. He and his wife also operated Bakers’ Ceramics in Albion for 30 years.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Albion.

Van was an expert at bowling and enjoyed gardening and growing flowers.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn V. Baker of Kendallville; three sons, Wayne (Pam) Baker of Albion, Jeff (Tham) Baker of Garrett, and Dean (Rhonda) Baker of Kendallville; eight grandchildren, Lindsay Wabika, Jeremy (Kylee) Baker, Kyle (Melissa) Baker, Kevin (Danielle) Baker, Matt Baker, Katrina Baker, Shawn Baker, and Lisa Baker; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Akers of Hamilton, and Sue Elaine Maxson of Fort Wayne; and two brothers, Dean (Anna Mae) Baker of Hamilton and Larry (Pat) Baker of Auburn.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Ellen Bradtmiller, Ruth Sutton, Mildred Bressler, and June Robinette; and two brothers, Keith Baker and Max Baker.

Funeral services will be Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 4 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Elder Kurt Knox officiating.

Calling is Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Parkview Noble Home Health and Hospice.

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Guest Book

Dennis Baker
July 15th, 2017 3:13pm
Huntertown, Indiana

Aunt Evelyn and cousins Wayne, Dean and Jeff, I always remember getting together with you when I was a kid and you lived in Fort Wayne. On one visit, Wayne, Dean and Jeff were "The Beatles" with little guitars. Uncle Van was always working on or building some kind of project which inspired me to become interested in mechanics and project building. I will miss him.

John, Candice and Aaron Brazzell
July 15th, 2017 2:18pm
Avon Lake, Ohio

Wayne and Pam I am sorry for your loss and we will be thinking of you.

Gene and Nancy Bennett
July 14th, 2017 11:59pm
Spencerville, Indiana

Evelyn and Family, To let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. I love you dearly and I'll always remember the last visits we all had together.

Betty Akers
July 14th, 2017 2:35pm
Hamilton, IN

Evelyn, sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wish I could be there, will see you soon.

Dave and Sandy Bradtmiller
July 14th, 2017 1:26pm
New Haven, Indiana

Evelyn and Family - please accept our deepest sympathy. Our Mom Mary loved you both and appreciated all your visits. Our prayers continue to go out for you and your family. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid". John 15:27 May the peace of the Lord surround you and your family.

Robert Strunk
July 13th, 2017 11:11pm

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Van at Starcraft but not in the same department. He was a pleasure to know. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Julie Yates
July 13th, 2017 10:16pm

Evelyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy.

Bonita Harper
July 13th, 2017 9:18pm

I'm sorry for your loss.