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Walter E. 'Walt' Baker

Published on -4/8/2013, 10:03 AM

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Walter E. "Walt" Baker, 83, Hays, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.

He was born Sept. 13, 1929, in Hays to Fred E. and Rosa A. (Harmon) Baker.

He married Teckla Brungardt on June 7, 1954, in Victoria. He was a farmer, worked in the oilfield, lumberyard and at Cross Manufacturing for 47 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays VFW and formerly was active with Future Farmers of America and 4-H.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Lyle Baker and wife, Rhonda, Hays; a daughter, Gladys White and husband, George, Lake Worth, Fla.; a brother, Richard Baker and wife, Jean, Henderson, Nev.; six grandchildren, Matthew Baker, Laveen, Ariz., Christina Baker, Salina, Jennifer White, George White IV, Nathan White and Kelly White, all of Lake Worth; and three great-granddaughters, Brooke White, Allayne Philbern and Brianna Lang.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson, Roger White.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; military honors by Hays VFW will follow the funeral Mass and will take place at the church. Private family inurnment will be Friday in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Friends can call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hays Medical Center or Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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