MIFFLINTOWN - Kenneth R. "Ken" Baker, 70, of Mifflintown, and formerly of Pueblo, Colo., died at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Lewistown Hospital.
Born on Oct. 16, 1942, in Olney Springs, Crowley County, Colo., he was a son of the late Charles Fletcher and Edna Mae (Wilson) Baker. On April 10, 1964, he married his surviving wife, Betty Jean (Watkins) Baker, with whom he shared more than 48 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, Donald Baker and his wife, Tammy, of Prairie Village, Kan., and Pamela Kanagy and her husband, Dan, of McAlisterville; a brother, Robert Baker, of Thompsontown; and he leaves behind three grandsons, Kyle Baker, Daniel Kanagy and Aaron Kanagy.
Mr. Baker was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He started his career with the Rio Grande Railroad, after which he was employed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad before retiring from the Southern Pacific Railroad, working out of the Pueblo Yard.
Ken loved fishing and, being a race fan, he enjoyed watching NASCAR, along with sprint cars; however, his greatest joy came from attending and watching his grandsons' sporting events.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St. Mifflintown, with Pastor Terry Smith officiating. Interment will be private.
There will be no viewing; however, the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday, at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorial donations in Mr. Baker's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Capital Region, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043 or to the Juniata County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 44, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.