Henry L. Baker, 90, formerly of West Northfield Rd., Northfield, died Friday evening (2-4-2011) at Applewood Healthcare Center, Winchester, NH.

He was born in Worcester, MA on February 26, 1920, the son of John and Josephine (Lamb) Baker. He was a graduate of North High School in Worcester and in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the "Army Thunderbirds" which was the 45th Division Infantry, 180th Regiment, Company 1. He spent 511 days in combat in both the African and European Theaters, and participated in five amphibious landings. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star.

He was married to the former Verna Wiegert on April 18, 1953. Mrs. Baker predeceased him in 2010. He joined the Worcester Fire Dept. in Nov. of 1949 and spent 36 years, retiring in Feb. of 1985 as a Fire Prevention Inspector. After retirement, he worked for several years at Old Sturbridge Village as an interpreter in the Grist Mill and Watch Museum. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of American Legion Post #288, Worcester, MA. He was also a member of the Masonic Order, the Isaiah Thomas Lodge in Worcester.

He is survived by two sons: Lee and his wife Linda of Spencer, MA and Donald and his wife Melinda with whom he made his home in Northfield, MA. He is also survived by a brother: Steven Baker and his wife Cecil of Auburn, MA; and sisters-in-law: Norma Baker of Pawtucket, RI and Roberta Baker of St. Johnsbury, VT; five grandchildren: Katie, Christina, Katherine, Charles, and Sarah Baker.

Funeral services will be held Friday (2-11-2011) at 10:00 A.M. at the Covenant Church, Millers Falls, MA. The Rev. Allen McClure, Pastor will officiate. Burial in Hope Cemetery, Worcester, MA will be Friday afternoon (2-11-2011) at 1:30 P.M. with Worcester Fire Dept. Honors.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Hope Lodge, 7 Oak St., Worcester, MA 01609 or St. Luke's Church, 921 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 10602.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements.

To send condolences, please visit:

www.kidderfuneralhome.com
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on February 7, 2011