Baker , Raymond H. 76
Raymond H. "Ray" Baker, 76, of North Apollo, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. He was born March 16, 1935, in Bakerstown, the son of the late Raymond E. and Margaret Lee Cairns Baker. He lived in North Apollo since 1985, and before that, he lived in Leechburg. Ray graduated from New Kensington High School in 1954. A year later, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley P. Beck. Ray worked as a carpenter, and then as a dockworker and truck driver for Bremans Express in Leechburg, where he became Union Steward. In 1974, Ray became the president of the Teamsters Union Local 538. In 1976, he was voted secretary treasurer of Teamsters Local 538, and after retiring in 1990, he created the Teamsters Local 538 Retirees Club. Since then, Ray was able to live his dream of fishing, hunting and enjoying the family camp on French Creek in Venango. He spent many days with his family and friends enjoying life fishing for walleye and perch on Lake Erie. He also discovered a hidden talent after retiring. Starting with a block of wood, Ray was able to envision wonderful wildlife scenes within and transpose the wood into lifelike carvings of elk, eagles and nesting birds. He also did many creations for his church, St. Paul's Highfield Lutheran Church. Ray shared his artistic talents with others and belonged to the Kiski-Valley Artist Guild. He was loved and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley P. Beck Baker; two daughters, Kathy Sue Crawford and her husband, John, of Ford City, and Bonnie Lynn Simpson and her husband, William, of Oswayo; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dean R. Baker; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Shannon McElwain. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the KELLY L. CORRIDONI FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1916 Moore Ave., North Apollo. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Highfield Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Grance officiating. Viewing will also take place in the church one hour before the services. Entombment will take place in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kiski-Valley Artist Guild, c/o Kathy Crawford, 178 Camp Road, Ford City, PA 16226 or the American Cancer Society, Western Region, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. To send or view online condolences, visit us at www.corridonifuneralhome.com.