Obituary of George Lewis Baker
George Lewis Baker, 84, of Essexville, our determined, honest, and loving husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on the evening of Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Bay Medical Care Facility. George was born in Bay City on December 10, 1934, the son of the late George and Ruth (Beaujean) Baker. He was a 1954 graduate of T.L. Handy High School. George proudly served in the National Guard and continued his service in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. In April of 1960, George met the love of his life, the former Arlene Marie Bouckaert. They were united in marriage a few months later, on September 10, 1960. Together they shared over 58 years of marriage, three wonderful children, and countless memories. Sadly, Arlene preceded George in death on January 12, 2019. George retired in 1993 from General Motors – Saginaw Steering Gear, where he was a heavy-duty gear repairman. George was a faithful parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish and was formerly active with the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, camping, square dancing, traveling, especially to England, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas. George was an avid sportsman, who above all, loved his family. He will be deeply missed, yet lovingly remembered for generations to come. George leaves to carry on his legacy, his three children: Linda Meyer, Clayton Baker, and David Baker; granddaughter, Shelby Lynn Meyer; brother, Donald (Corrinne) Baker; in-laws, Gerald (Pat) Bouckaert, Sue (Ken) Swincicki, John (Camille) Bouckaert, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, George was welcomed home to heaven by his brothers, Clayton Baker and Robert Baker; sister, Ruth Anne Kruase, father and mother-in-law, Albert & Wilma (Mulders) Bouckaert, and brothers-in-law, James (Joanne) Bouckaert and Donald (Jean) Bouckaert. George’s family will be present to receive visitors on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 5:30 PM Vigil for George at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Monday, July 8, 2019, George will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until George’s 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Mausoleum. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in St. Jude’s Parish Hall. All those in attendance are encouraged to honor George by dressing casually. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bay County Medical Care Facility or American Diabetes Association. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Bay Medical Care Facility for their compassionate care. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.