Robert E. Baker, 68, Army K9 unit vet, American Water treatment supervisor, built light planes

By on December 21, 2016

Robert E. Baker, 68, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at home.

He was born in Ephrata to Eleanor (Forbes) and the late Edwin Baker, and was the husband of Janet (Eshleman) Baker, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage.

He attended Salem Lutheran Church, Ephrata. Robert was a licensed water treatment supervisor for American Water before his retirement in 2009. He was a 1967 graduate of Ephrata High School, and was a former technical counselor of the Smoketown EAA Chapter 240, and a member of the Ephrata Lodge B.P.O. Elks No. 1933. While in the U.S. Army he served as military policeman with the K9 unit.

Robert was a licensed pilot and built an ultra-lite and a two-place Avid flyer airplane. Before his illness, Bob was a member of Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard. He enjoyed playing billiards and was a member of several leagues in Lancaster County. He also built the log house in which he raised his family. Bob’s happiest times were spent with his wife and grandchildren camping.

In addition to his mother and wife, Robert is survived by two daughters: Marcia, wife of Darin Martin, of Denver; Diane M. Baker of Lancaster; four grandchildren: Hilton, Maxwell and Francine Martin; and Griffin Baker; a brother: Thomas E., husband of Sue Baker, of Newark, Del.; and a sister: Patricia Baker of Reading.

A memorial service will be determined at a later date. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, 50 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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