Enid News and Eagle
Funeral service for Ronald O. Baker Sr., 81, of Enid, will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at Ladusau-Evans Chapel, with Elder J.R. Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Ronald was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Harold S. and Eloise M. Wise Baker and passed away at his home Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
He was raised in the Los Angeles area, where he attended Los Angeles Academy and David Star Jordan High.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 4, 1952, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 3, 1954. He received the Purple Heart Medal for his combat duty.
Ronald married Dorothy Mae James June 12, 1955, in Los Angeles, Calif., and celebrated 58 years of marriage. He worked for the city of Los Angeles as a horticulturist, retiring after 37 years. They moved to Enid in 1997.
Ronald was a longtime member of Normandie Seventh Day Adventist Church and after moving to Enid, became a member of Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of the home; daughter, Stephanie R. Abell of Enid; sons, Cedric J. Baker Sr. and wife Ilene of Drummond, and Ronald O. Baker Jr. of Bellflower, Calif.; brothers, Harold Baker Sr. of Apple Valley, Calif., and Earl Baker of Inglewood, Calif.; sisters, Marlene Grismore of Fontana, Calif., and Lucritia Nelson of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren, Dawntisha Jones, Stacy Glaspie, Starla Abell, Breanne Yazel and C. J. Baker Jr.; nine great-grandchildren; and host of other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerald Baker Sr.; and a sister, Carolyn Veal.
Condolences may be made online at www.ladusau evans.com. The service also may be viewed the day of the service at www.ladusauevans.com.
(Submitted by family)