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Wilbur L. Baker

Wilbur L. Baker, 87, lifelong resident of the Bluff Creek Community in Greenwood, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation in Franklin.

He was born Aug. 25, 1925, on the Rocky Ridge Farm in White River Township, Johnson County, to Arnold and Nora (Matz) Baker. He married Phyllis (Smith) Baker on Aug. 28, 1949, at Bluff Creek Christian Church in Greenwood, and she survives.

He was a lifetime member since his birth at Bluff Creek Christian Church in Greenwood where he had served as elder, deacon and trustee. He also had been a volunteer fireman with the Bargersville Community Fire Department. He was also a Center Grove Little League baseball coach and volunteer for the Johnson County Innerchurch Food Pantry. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, having served in Europe from 1943 until 1946. He was a journeyman electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 481 in Indianapolis for many years, retiring in 1991.

He was a 1943 graduate of Center Grove High School and attended Lane Business College in Indianapolis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting and traveling. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved and was dedicated to his church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years Phyllis (Smith) Baker of Greenwood; daughter, Vicky Lynn Tucher of Indianapolis; sons, Mark Baker of Mooresville and Roger Baker of Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren, Heather Garcia (Luis) and Jasminne Nash (Jason) all of Acworth, Georgia, Kira Lynn Tucher and Matthew Tucher, both of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren ,Peyton Nash and Mika Garcia both Acworth, Ga.; brother, Marvin Baker (Kathy) of Greenwood, and sister Alberta Kenworthy (Randall) of Valparaiso and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Nora (Matz) Baker; and brothers, Herbert, Maurice and Robert Baker.

Lt. Col. James Girdley will conduct a service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary And Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Bluff Creek Cemetery in Greenwood.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Bluff Creek Christian Church – children’s wing, 6286 West State Road 144 Greenwood, IN 46143.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.

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