Robert O. Baker, age 90, of Sheboygan, passed to Eternal Life on Friday morning, April 5, 2013 at Sheboygan Senior Community.
Robert was born May 7, 1922 in Theresa, WI to Robert D. and Emma (Ruecker) Baker. He graduated from St. Francis Grade School and Kaukauna High School, Class of 1939. He graduated from Notre Dame University in December, 1942. He was inducted into the US Army Ground Forces in March of 1944. He served in the European Operations and was transferred to the Philippines after V-E Day. He later was transferred to the 8th Army Division for service in the Japanese homeland until his honorable discharge in April of 1946.
On October 15, 1949 Robert and Georgiana B.. Hirsch were united in marriage at St. Clement Catholic Church in Sheboygan, WI.
Robert was employed at Baker Canning Co. in Therese, WI where he served as Sales and Production manager until rising to the level of Company President until his retirement in May of 1982.
The couple made their home in Theresa, WI where they were active members of St. Theresa Catholic Parish. In 1982 they relocated to Land O Lakes, WI and became members of St. Albert the Great Catholic Parish. In 1995 they began spending their winters in Tucson, AZ.
In 2008 Robert and Georgiana moved to the Landmark in Sheboygan and became members of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2009.
Robert was a member of the Holy Name Society and a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was a member and former president of Vilas County Improvement Corporation in Land O Lakes, WI, the Wisconsin Canner's Association, and Theresa State Bank. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and sat on the Board at Theresa State Bank for a number of years.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Mary Kay (Jerry) Roberts; his granddaughter, Rebecca (Cliff) Ehlert, two grandsons, Theodore (Amanda) Roberts and Matthew Roberts; two great-granddaughters, Mackenzie Ehlert and Kalia Vnuk, all of Wauwatosa, WI; his sister, Patricia (Norman E.) Wagner of Prairie du Sac, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Georgiana, he was preceded in death by six infant children; his sister, Ruth (Baker) Burns; his great-grandson, Austin; various aunts, uncles, and two nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at St. Clement Catholic Church, 707 N. 6th St., Sheboygan. WI 53081. Rev. James E. Connell will be the Celebrant. A time of visitation and support will be held Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name for The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Project, 833 Center Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the amazing staff at Sheboygan Senior Community. Your loving hearts and kind words never went unnoticed.