Wesley D. "Wes" Baker

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1925-2014

BINGHAM - Wesley D. "Wes" Baker, 88, of Bingham died March 25, 2014, at the home of his daughter in Hermon, surrounded by his loving family.

Wes was born on May 12, 1925, in West Falmouth, Mass., to Frank C. and Rachel C. (Damon) Baker. He had two brothers, Lawrence and Howard. He grew up in Jenkintown, Pa., and graduated from Jenkintown High with the class of 1943. He immediately enlisted in the Army, serving in Europe during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

After World War II, Wes enrolled in Bates College in Lewiston. This is where he met his wife, Joyce. After graduation in 1950, Wes and Joyce moved to Joyce's hometown of Bingham.

He joined Preble & Robinson in 1950 and continued service until 1976 when he became a manufacturer's representative, retiring in 2000.

Wes quickly fell in love with Bingham and the Upper Kennebec Valley. While his children were growing up he was active in the PTA, Boy Scouts of America and as a volunteer with the Baker Mountain Ski Area. Wes served with the Bingham Fire Department for more than 50 years. He was a founding member of the Bingham-Moscow Chamber of Commerce and served for several years as president and on the board of directors.

Wes was the founder of the annual Gadabout Gaddis Fly-in and served for more than 30 years as its chairman. He was a past master of the Bingham Lodge AF & AM and a member of Keystone Lodge. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, in Bingham, and a member of the Stanley Beane Post 99 American Legion, of Bingham. Wes was a member of the National Scenic Highway and Byways Committee; he was instrumental in the naming of the old Canada Road as a scenic byway.

Wes is survived by his six children, Jo Carpenter and her husband, John, of Shelburne, N.H., Mike Baker and his wife, Tina, of Lakehills, Texas, Connie Atwood, of Bingham, Chuck Baker and his wife, Francine, of Moscow, Kim Roy and her husband, Bill, of Manchester, N.H., and Carol Doyon and her husband, Gilles, of Hermon; 15 grandchildren and more than 11 great-grandchildren. He is also sur;ived by his sister-in-law, Lucille Baker, of Braintree, Mass., and several nieces and nephews.

Wes was predeceased by his wife, Joyce; brother Lawrence and his wife, Virginia; and brother Howard.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Giberson Funeral Home, 18 River St., Bingham. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the First Congregational Church on Meadow Street, in Bingham. Burial will be later in the spring at the Robinson Memorial Cemetery, in Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Baker Mountain Ski Area, P.O. Box 43, Bingham, ME 04920, or the Bingham Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 652, Bingham, ME 04920.

A special thank you to Cancer Care of Maine, Waterman Rehabilitation at Ross Manor and Beacon Hospice.



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Published in Central Maine on Mar. 27, 2014