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Merced Sun Star
Tuesday, June 22, 1999

Retired master sergeant

Alton Baker, a Merced resident for 40 years, died Friday at home.

Mr. Baker was born Jan. 2, 1917 in Ellenburg Center, N.Y. He served 21 years in the U. S. Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant. He also worked for the California park system for 13 years. He was a member of the National Association for Uniform Services, a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, a member of Odd Fellows Willow Lodge No. 121, the California Rangers Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion Post No. 83, Merced County Historical Association, Merced County Genealogical Society and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, third ward.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen Baker of Merced; two sons, Grant Baker of Planada and Tim Baker of Merced; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home.

Services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Mike Woodman will officiate. Burial will be in Arbor-Vitae Cemetery in Madera. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post No. 83.

Contributions may be made to Hinds Hospice, P.O. Box 763, Merced.