BAKER, William G., Sr., 84, of Webster Groves on June 20, 2012. Beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Baker (nee Siepker). Dear father of Dr. Marilyn Katzenstein of Overland Park, KS, and William G. (Molly) Baker Jr., of Chesterfield, MO. Loving grandfather of Jessica, Andrew and Sarah Katzenstein and Mary, Billy and Betsy Baker; dear friend to many.
Long-time owner of Rhodes Equipment Company, a power plant equipment sales representative. Fifty-plus year member of Webster Groves Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder, Deacon and on many committees. He served multiple terms on the Webster Groves Planning Commission. Graduated from and was a huge supporter of Purdue University where he was also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. A Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering for which he served on several National Committees and as President and in other offices for the local St Louis Chapter. Fifty-plus year member of Westborough Country Club and long-time member of the Missouri Athletic Club. An avid golfer and tennis player who cherished his time playing with friends and his experiences playing both St. Andrews and Pebble Beach among many other famous courses. Lifelong sports fan who was an inaugural season ticket holder for the St. Louis Blues and loved watching the Cardinals in his later years. He loved to travel the world on trips planned by Mary Ann and walk the beaches at Treasure Cay and Dauphin Island. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
SERVICES: Visitation 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday June 24 at Gerber Chapel, 23 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves. Funeral Service 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 25 at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 W. Lockwood Ave. , Webster Groves. Internment with military honors at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Purdue University, WG Baker, Sr. Fund, 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN 47907 Attn: Markus Knotts.