Kenneth Roger Baker, 83, passed from this life on Feb. 4, 2014, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus.
He was born Dec. 7, 1930, in Wayne County, Ky., the eldest child of Braddock Baker and Lora Elva Coomer Baker. He was born on a houseboat on the Cumberland River. His parents divorced when he was about seven and he lived with the Willie and Grace Coomer family for several years. He then went to live with his mother in Indianapolis.
He started working for Cummins Engine Company when he was 20 years old. Soon drafted into the army, he spent two years in Germany during the Korean War. He was assigned to the 631st Field Artillery. He was discharged in January 1954 and immediately returned to work at Cummins, where he completed 37 years of service, retiring in 1987. His last major project for Cummins was to help construct the “exploded engine” on display in the corporate office museum.
He married Patricia Craig in St. Paul in 1954 and they had one daughter, Cynthia Baker (Al) McLaughlin now of Greensburg. He married Ellen Davis in 1974 and adopted her two children, Marsha Merritt and John Baker.
Kenneth was well known as a person who could fix or build anything and who would help anybody. He was a former Boy Scout Scoutmaster, member of the CREAK Club, Columbus Amateur Radio Club, and the Diesel Workers Union.
He was a member of the Sandy Hook United Methodist Church in Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, all three children, three grandsons, two granddaughters and four great-granddaughters. Also surviving are sisters June Harcourt Hubbard and Judy (Bill) Frazier; brother Paul Baker; nieces, nephews, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and from 9 a.m. to the time of service on Saturday at the Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 also at the funeral home, with Rev. Steve Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Online condolences may be sent to Kenneth’s family at www.barkesweaverglick.com