John R. Baker, 97, of North Warren, PA., died peacefully Saturday
morning, January 16, 2016 in his chair after a brief illness. He was
born October 10, 1918 in Warren, PA. He was the son of Bert and
Maude Hale Baker. John was a veteran with the U.S. Army
during World War II, where he served as a Private First Class,
with Company E, 120th Infantry Regiment. He earned a Bronze
Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in Belgium
on January 16, 1945, Good Conduct Medal, European African
Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the
World War II Victory Medal. He was employed for 42 years with
the former Struthers Wells Corporation as a welder/fitter, retiring
in 1982. After retirement, he worked painting houses and
delivering the Erie Times News Sunday edition. He enjoyed
doing odd jobs around his home and is remembered as a
hardworking, loving husband, father, grandfather and great
grandfather. He was a strong family man. John was a longtime
member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, past member of the Warren
Elks Lodge, member of Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.
He is survived by his 2 daughters, Debbie Martin and husband,
Fred, Susan Baker all of Warren, PA., Longtime friend and
companion, Barbara Imperial of Warren, PA., 2 Grandchildren –
Christopher J. Martin, Elizabeth Caldwell and husband, Joshua, 2
Great Grandchildren – Noah and Reagan Caldwell, His Brother-
in-laws David & Mary Lopez, James & Carol Lopez, all of
Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of
53 years, Jean L. Lopez whom he married June 1, 1944 in Warren,
PA., who died January 30, 1998, 2 Brothers – Harry and William
Baker, 2 Sisters – Hazel Christie and Laura Regina.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304
East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, January 20, 2016 from 6 to 8
P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday,
January 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600
Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., by Fr. Richard J.
Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C.
Cemetery, where full military honors will be bestowed by
members of the U.S. Army and Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W.
funeral detail. Those wishing to place memorials may do so
through St. Joseph Church Educational Center Fund, or the
Warren Unit of the American Cancer Society, 2 Crescent Park,
Warren, PA. 16365 or Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street,
Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting