Robert J. “Bud” Baker, of Brookfield, Ohio, formerly of Hubbard, was welcomed in Heaven by the loving embrace of his “Josie” on Monday, December 1, 2014. Words cannot express the true definition of their love as she went on before him just 17 days prior to prepare his place next to her for eternity. He was 88.
Bud was born August 17, 1926, at home in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a son to Joseph A. & Regina E. (Bors) Bakor. A short time later, the family Americanized by changing their last name to Baker.
Self was forgotten the day that Bud left his home to defend our freedom and honor our flag. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps while WWII was ongoing. His decorations and citations include: WWII Victory Medal, Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar, The Ruptured Duck Army Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.
Following his honorable discharge in 1947, he fell in love with Josephine A. “Josie” (Talone) Daly. They exchanged vows on April 3, 1948 in St. Bernadette Catholic Church and together started a family. To this union three children were born, Linda, Patty, and Bruce.
Robert supported his family working for Sherwin-Williams Paint Can, Hubbard, Ohio, as a quality control manager. In addition, he also was the owner & operator of Bud’s TV Repair, Sharon, Pennsylvania. He also found employment with both Westinghouse and General American.
He attended Baldwin-Wallace and Youngstown College in the evenings to further his education and his career.
He was a devout Catholic who belonged to the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, St. Bernadette Catholic Parish, Masury where he was an Usher. He was a 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus #3984, Masury, Ohio, as well as having memberships in the Maennerchor and Saxton Clubs, both Youngstown, Ohio. He was also a past-president of the Hubbard Football Boosters.
In his spare time, Bud enjoyed playing golf, bowling, coaching & umpiring Hubbard Little League Baseball, riding his golf cart around valley view development, and promoting the "Fly Your Flag Rotary Program".
He is survived by: his children, Linda Gibson & her husband Toby, Patty Baker, and Bruce Baker & his wife Judy, all of Brookfield; his brother, Elmer Baker, Sharpsville, PA; his eight grandchildren; and his nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his beloved wife, Josie; his granddaughter, Rachel Baker; his brother, Charles Baker; and his sisters, Elizabeth Reidman & Helen Paulitz.
A time of gathering to honor Bud’s life will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 11-1 PM in his church, St. Bernadette, 7800 Locust Street, Masury, Ohio 44438. A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 1:00 PM. He will be laid to rest with his bride in Brookfield Township Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be left for his family at www.bricelandfuneralservice.com
Coordination of this tribute for Mr. Baker will be presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403. (330-509-3135)