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Wesley D. Baker

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 May 12, 1925 in West Falmouth, MA 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 US Army, serving in Europe during WWII and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award. After WWII, 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 a volunteer with the Baker Mountain Ski Area. Wes served with the Bingham Fire Department for over 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 over thirty years as its chairman. He was a past master of the Bingham Lodge AF & AM and a member of the 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, NH, Mike Baker and his wife, Tina of Lakehills, TX, Connie Atwood of Bingham, Chuck Baker and his wife, Francine of Moscow, Kim Roy and her husband, Bill of Manchester, NH and Carol Doyon and her husband, Gilles of Hermon, 15 grandchildren, 11+ great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lucille Baker of Braintree, MA; 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 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 30th, 2014, at Giberson Funeral Home, 18 River St., Bingham. A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church on Meadow St. in Bingham, at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31st. Burial will be later in the spring at 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 Rehab at Ross Manor and Beacon Hospice.

Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 27, 2014
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