William (Bill) Baker
March 3, 1939 – March 22, 2022
Surrounded by his family, at his residence at Pinecrest Home, Dad left us peacefully. Bill leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Dianne (nee Heyder), his two daughters Annette (Scott) Smith, and Mandy (Tom) Morphet, and grandchildren Ryan, Aidan, Craig, Kara, Russell and Alisha. He will be reunited with his parents Herman and Margaret Baker, elder brothers Jonathon (Jack) and Donald, and son-in-law Scott Smith. Bill was a warm, loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and adored social events of all kinds. You could not help but smile when talking with Uncle Bill.
Bill was employed at the Mando Paper Mill (later Boise Cascade) for 39 years and was a valuable member of the Safety Committee. He was a kind mentor to many a young papermaker, and a friend to all. He served as a member of the Canadian military reserve in his youth, and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years on the executive, serving as Nevada chairman for nearly twelve years.
Bill leaves his children, grandchildren, and their families with a deep appreciation and love for the outdoors, and all it has to offer. From spending time at the camps on Blindfold Lake, to fishing for stringers of pickerel in the summer, and bear-watching in the fall, Bill had a lighthearted way of relating to children, teaching them to enjoy these family activities. The girls were instructed to “put in your partridge eyes” on hunting trips, and young nieces, nephews, and friends were mesmerized by Bill’s “magic” tricks.
Dianne, Annette and Mandy wish to thank the wonderful people at Pinecrest Home for their kind, compassionate care of Bill for the last two years he was with us. Words cannot express our gratitude for the genuine warmth you have shown our family, and we shall be eternally grateful. At Bill’s request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, and if friends so desire, a donation may be made in Bill’s name to Pinecrest Home for the Aged.
Happy fishing Dad, Blackie and Perky are waiting.