Ernest E. ‘Ernie’ Baker

Ernest E. “Ernie” Baker, 94, of Cogan Station, died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at the Williamsport Home.

He was married to the late Kathryn E. (Schoffstall) on March 2, 1940 and they had celebrated 75 years as husband and wife until her death on Dec. 19, 2015.

Ernest was born in Lewisburg on Nov. 10, 1921, and was the son of the late Harry Ernest and Miriam Iva (Kratzer) Baker. He joined the US Navy in 1943 during World War II and was discharged in 1944 from the Naval Construction Training Camp, Virginia, where he trained as a Navy Seabee. Ernie worked for the Pennsylvania Rail Road and retired after 30 years. He also retired from Rathmell’s City Dray Line and New Penn Trucking after driving truck for thirty years. During his retirement, he became a pastor. Along with his late wife and several others, they founded Zion Trinity Church, where he had pastored for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and one of his passions was model railroading.

Ernest is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, William D. and Judy Baker, of Cogan Station, Robert L. and Clara Baker, of Nisbet and Dean R. and Karen Baker, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Bonnie L. Bunce, of Montoursville, Kathy A. and Max Furman, of Elimsport and Susan J. and Lloyd “Jack” Furman, of Cogan Station; 24 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jack Baker, of Cogan Station. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two grandsons, Mark Bunce and Daniel Getgen; one son-in-law, Gary Bunce; and one sister, Peggy Corl.

There will be a public viewing 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, and again 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, where the funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Max W. Furman officiating the services. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

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