American Veteran 08

Richard Alan Baker

August 30, 1947 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 74)

Obituary

Richard “Rick” Alan Baker, 74, of Drexel Hill, passed away on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood. He was the loving husband of Louise D. Hayne Baker.

 Born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 30, 1947 to his biological mother, Delta (nee Wildman) Orthman and his adopted parents, the late Robert and Anna Luise (nee Schnitter) Baker, he was a graduate of Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara University, University of Utah and the Dept. of Defense, Language Institute.

 Rick achieved the rank of Captain in the US Army, 1st Battalion, 83rd Artillery. He entered the Army in July of 1969 and served in Bad Kreuznach, Germany until he was honorably discharged in June of 1975.

 Subsequent to his discharge, he began a long career as an insurance claims examiner.  He was employed with Grange Insurance, Burlington Northern Railroad, Consolidated Freightways and Philadelphia Insurance Company, where he retired. As part of his continuing education, he became a Senior Claim Law Associate and Automobile Claim Law Associate.

 Rick was an avid coin and stamp collector. He also enjoyed railroads, dogs, reading and history. He liked to travel, and his favorite destinations were New Orleans and Santa Barbara. Rick had a fighting spirit, which came to the fore after his lung cancer diagnosis. He never quit, despite his prognosis. In addition, he had a famously dry wit and was known for his generosity in helping others.

 In addition to his mother, Delta, and his wife, Louise, Rick is survived by two daughters, Christi King and her husband, Chris of Littleton, CO and Missy Griffin and her husband, Jerry of Littleton, CO as well as five grandchildren, Alex, Kaylie, Taylor, Bryce and Brynn.

Also surviving are a half-sister, Deb Cadek of North Loup, NE; a half-brother, David Orthman of North Loup, NE and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Rick will be at 10:30am in the Williamsburg Chapel at Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd., Drexel Hill, PA 19026. Family and friends may gathering the chapel from 9:30 to 10:30am. Rick will be laid to rest with military honors accorded in the McKay Section in Arlington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Shriner's Hospital for Children, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Southwest Indian Foundation, Matthew Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Doctors Without Boarders, American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project. All links for each charity are listed below the obituary on Rick's website.

Logan-Videon Funeral Home, Broomall is honored to care for Richard Alan Baker and his family.


Services

Visitation
Friday
May 6, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Williamsburg Chapel @ Arlington Cemetery
2900 State Rd.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Funeral Service
Friday
May 6, 2022

10:30 AM
Williamsburg Chapel @ Arlington Cemetery
2900 State Rd.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Committal
Friday
May 6, 2022

11:30 AM
Arlington Cemetery
2900 State Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Donations

Shriners Hospitals for Children
2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607
Web: http://lovetotherescue.org

American Cancer Society
480 Norristown Road, Suite # 150, Blue Bell PA 19422
Tel: 1-800-227-2345
Web: http://www.cancer.org/

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997
Web: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Doctors Without Borders, USA
P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown MD 21741
Tel: 1-888-392-0392
Web: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Matthew Ryan Veterinary Hospital
3800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
Web: https://www.vet.upenn.edu/giving/how-to-support-penn-vet

Southwest Indian Foundation
100 West Coal Avenue, Gallup NM 87301
Web: https://www.southwestindian.com/donate

ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude-today.html?adobe_mc_sdid=SDID%3D1E833522B6ECAB60-48A

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