Robert Allen Baker
10/15/1933 - 12/22/2021
Obituary For Robert Allen Baker
Robert (Bob) Allan Baker passed away on December 22, 2021, at home in Fremont with his wife, Marilyn and daughters, Lee Ann Dreffs and Karen Courtney by his side. He was born on October 15, 1933, in Los Angeles, to Eileen (nee Jacobson) Baker and Nicholas Baker and was one of three siblings.
He joined the Air Force in 1952 and was stationed at Parks Air Force Base. He was awarded National Defense and Good Conduct medals and honorably discharged in 1956. He met his wife, Marilyn Anne Hendricks at a USO dance while he was serving in the Air Force, and they were married at All Saints Church in Hayward on August 4, 1957. Bob was an avid bowler, loved to dance, go deer hunting and camping, and sang in the choir at Holy Spirit Church for many years.
Bob was very social and being of service was important to him. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts and spent summers at Wente Boy Scout Camp teaching gun safety. He was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth on February 2, 2002. He was Scout Master of the blind troop in Fremont and the Touch of Gold Award was presented to him on May 10, 2008, for his outstanding service and leadership in scouting for youth with special needs and disabilities. Bob was a proud member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and received the Elk of the Month and Elk of the Year awards. He also enjoyed bartending at the lodge. He volunteered at Kaiser Permanente in Fremont after retiring from Leslie Salt after 35 years of employment.
Bob joins his son Robert Allan, Jr., and his great-granddaughter Cassidy in heaven, and is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his daughter Lee Ann Dreffs, her husband, David Dreffs, his daughter Nancy Baker, his daughter Karen Courtney, her husband Travis Courtney, his son Jeffrey Baker, his grandchildren Sarah, Emily, Nicholas, James, Jayme, Juliet, Justin, London, Landon, and his great-grandchildren Cody and Henry.
There will be a Rosary for Bob at 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Chapel of the Roses, 1940 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, and a Catholic Mass at 12:30pm on December 29, 2021 at Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Burial at 2:30pm at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 26320 Mission Blvd., Hayward. Celebration of Bob’s life is following the burial at 4:00pm at the Fremont Elks Lodge, 38991 Farwell Dr., Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Veterans First Fly Fishing, P.O. Box 8114, Fremont, CA 94537, https://www.nccffi.org/vfff, or Fremont Elks Lodge Purple Pig Fund, https://chea-elks.org/major-project/purple-pig, or Tri City Volunteers Food Bank, http://www.tri-cityvolunteers.org.
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Celebration of Life
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