Hiram Rodney Baker

Friday, December 19, 2003

BEDFORD ---- Hiram Rodney Baker, 57, of Bedford, died at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at his residence.

Born Dec. 1, 1946, in Linton, he was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Wilson) Baker.

He was a retired tool and die maker for GM Powertrain in Bedford. He was a member of the Owensburg Baptist Church, Solsberry Lodge 411 F&AM, Bedford Elks Lodge 826, UAW Local 440, a life member of VFW, Gillen Post 33 American Legion and Voyageur member for 10 years in Voiture 1192 LaSociete de Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, where he was Chef de Gare for three terms, Cheminot for three terms, Indiana 9th District Grand Cheminot and Indiana SE Grand Chef de Train. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis J. Chastain Baker; his mother, Elizabeth Dayton of Bedford; two daughters, Amy Luman of Bloomington, Shannon Endris and her husband, Brad, of Bedford; four step-daughters, Kelly Mynett and her husband, Rob, of Muncie, Kathy Crulo, Karen Crulo-Rood and her husband, Rob, all of Bedford, Sally Jackson and her husband, Danny, of Franklin; six grandsons, Corey and Dylan Endris, both of Bedford, Nick and Sam Crulo and J.T. Ernst, all of Bedford, Jake Jackson of Franklin; six granddaughters, Amber and Brittany Luman, both of Bloomington, Jessie Mynett of Muncie, Allie and Gracie Rood, both of Bedford, Sara Jackson of Franklin; three sisters, Ann Cullison and her husband, Bucky, of Owensburg, Christi Gilbert and her husband, Jack, of Mitchell, and Nellie Bea Spender and her husband, Randy, of Liberty Lake, Wash.; one brother, Calvert Dayton of Providence, R.I.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Enochs Baker; his father, Daniel Baker and step-mother, Mildred Baker, an infant son, Robert Daniel Baker and a brother, Robert Daniel Baker.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Elmwood Chapel of the Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford with the Revs. Merla Craig and James Olinger officiating. Burial will be in Owensburg Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the hour of service Saturday at the funeral home.

A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today by the Solsberry Masonic Lodge 411. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of the Gillen Post 33 American Legion.