Robert Lewis Baker, 81, of Williamstown, W.Va., passed away peacefully this past Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, Pa. amongst members of his beloved family. Robert was born on the 21st day of February, 1931 to Lewis and Ruth Baker in Marietta, Ohio, the oldest of four children. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1949 and continued his education in engineering at the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.
Robert served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. During which, he met his beautiful and beloved wife, Pauline Margaret-Lillian Baker while based in Oxford, England. They married on the 5th day of April, 1952 and fulfilled their duties to love one another accordingly for the following 60 years.
After the war, Robert continued to serve in the Air National Guard and achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. In addition to his service, Robert began a long and fulfilling career as an engineer. Robert retired in 1991 as the Supervisor of Engineering at Kardex Systems, Inc., of which he had been gainfully employed for more than 30 years. Robert's pastime was spent on his true passion, his family. He was a noble man with high moral fortitude who spoke primarily of God, country and family.
Robert is survived by his wife, Pauline Baker of Williamstown; daughter, Debra Hinton of Parkersburg; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Dale Dominick of Pittsburgh, Pa.; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and John Lazea of Devola, Ohio; and grandchildren Matthew DeGruyter of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; David DeGruyter of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Michael Hinton of Pittsburgh, Pa.; David Hinton of Elmira, N.Y., Alexandra Hinton of Parkersburg, Stephen Baker of Marietta, Ohio; Staci Baker of Indianapolis, Ind.; Erin Baker of Stockport, Ohio; and Sydney Dominick, Gabriel Dominick and Abigail Dominick of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Robert was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Ruth McCarthy-Fitch Baker; beloved father, Lewis Edward Baker; beloved sister, Ruth Patricia Baker-Klintworth; beloved sister, Sarah Baker Reynolds; beloved daughter, Jacqueline Ruth Patricia Baker; and beloved son, Stephen Robert Lewis Graham Baker.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., burial to follow on Dec. 22, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Minister Everett Snyder officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. The family of Robert Lewis Baker would appreciate expressions of condolence in the form of flowers. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.sunsetparkersburg.com.