Merle E. Baker, 81, of 12260 Guyer Road, Petersburg, passed away at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his home.

Born June 18, 1939, in Huntingdon County, he was a son of the late Roy and Ethel (Rutter) Baker. Feb. 27, 1959, he married the former Sylvia J. Wilson. She survives at their home.

He is also survived by: his children, Judy Hamer and husband Earl ‘Pete’ of Lewistown; Mary Fitzgerald & partner Dale Thompson of Petersburg, Joe Baker and wife Polly (Snyder) of Petersburg; five grandchildren, Janel, Katie, Jason, Travis and Elaine; and six great-grandchildren, Emmit, Cali, Carter, Alana, Lucas and Haileigh.

He is also survived by brothers and sisters, Carl Baker and wife Sandy, Gerald Baker and wife Marcalene, Kenny Baker and wife Elaine, Lee Baker and wife Glenda, Francis Baker and wife Edie, Maxine Banks and husband Elwood "Bud," Martha McGarvey and Jean Thompson and husband Ernie; and a sister-in-law, Faye Baker.

He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Ryan Fitzgerald in November 1987, and siblings, Betty Cresswell, Viola Hanks, Helen Bryant, Glen Baker and Wayne Baker.

Mr. Baker attended Huntingdon High School.

He was employed at Peachey Foods in Belleville for 41 years until his retirement in January 2020.

Being outdoors was one of Mr. Baker's favorite pastimes. He could be found doing yard work, tending to his flower or vegetable gardens or riding his motorcycle. He especially liked going on trike rides with his brother Carl. He also enjoyed listening to bluegrass music and he loved his dog Buddy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville, with the Rev. Vaughn Kanagy officiating. Interment will take place following the service at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery in McAlevys Fort.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home.

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