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“Katrina,  Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. From reading the posted tributes it sounds like you are very much like him - a neat...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Karen Fenner - Minnewaukan, ND

“Mr. Baker was a very special man who gave so much to his community.  Bill joins me in sending our deepest sympathy. ”
2 of 30 | Posted by: J. Anita Stup - Frederick, MD

“Bill was by far one of the nicest people I have ever worked for.  He had a way of making you feel relaxed and comfortable with his smile and his...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Scott Clabaugh - Frederick, MD

“KB- our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....From the tributes and wonderful obituary, it is easy to see that your Dad was a great...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Jeff Kaufman - Appleton, WI

“  Mr. Baker:  Remembered by me, for his authoritative spirit and kind heart.  Thought of highly by my Uncles Larry B. Utz and...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Angela Wagerman former alumni 1980 Catoctin High and Niece of La - VA

“Katrina and family,My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish you well.Love,Eric ”
6 of 30 | Posted by: Eric Boelts - boulder, CO

“Dear Mrs. Baker & Family,Was so sorry to hear about the passing of "Mr. Baker" He was a wonderful teacher and family friend to all of us. He was the...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: The Keilholtz Family - Thurmont, MD

“We have many fond memories of Mr. Baker. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Mike and Karen (Baughman) Wivell - MD

“Karen and I are saddened by the passing of Mr. Bill Baker.  Our thoughts are with Mrs. Baker, the children and grandchildren.  Bill touched...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: John and Karen Kinnaird - MD

“Dear Mrs. Baker     My deapest sympathy goes out to you and your family.I am very sadden to hear of Mr. Baker's passing.He was a...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Rickie Harrison - Maryville, TN

“He will be missed greatly. He was my favorite teacher and worked to get me a partial scholarship to the University of Maryland. He was a friend to...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Martin Kline - Hagerstown, MD

“A boomer child of the D.C. suburbs, I loved visiting Weetie & Bill's warm, loving home in Thurmont. I would dash from the family car to find and play...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Ann Fox Melchior - Potomac, MD

“Mrs. Baker, Katrina, Rebecca, Bill Jr. and the family.Sorry I cannot be at the funeral home for viewing and at the funeral for your husband and...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: George Zinkhan III - Thurmont, MD

“Smiles will always be brought upon my face when remembering the jokes and many special times at the auctions that I shared with your Dad.  He...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Judy Grove - Frederick, MD

“Dear Denise, Bill and family. So sorry that Mr. B has passed. Our sincere sympathy goes out to all the family. ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Frank and Joan Wanken - CO

“Wheetie and family - I am very sadden to learn the news of 'Mr. B'.  I always enjoyed talking with him because he would always slip in a little...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Sue Turner - Mt. Airy, MD

“Katrina, I am sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I have many memories of him through out my school years in Thurmont. My thoughts are with you...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Laura Yinger Lindley - IN

“We were sorry to read of Mr. Baker's passing.  Our sincere sympathy extends to his family.(Former owners of 124 West Third Street, home of...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Julane and Arthur Anderson - MD

“Weetie & Family:Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you. Our myriad of memories, God's will and presents are the things that keep us moving...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Carroll & Judy Shry - Woodsboro, MD

“Please accept our sincere sympathy.  Mr. Baker was always delightful and we always enjoyed his company, whether at an auction or any activity in...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara & Bob Yinger - Ophelia, VA

“Katrina ~My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that he is with our...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Sue Christensen - Oshkosh, WI

“Dear Weetie.    My heart goes out to you and your family. Bill was such a wonderful person.        ...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Bill Long Jr. - thurmont

“My deepest sympathy to you Mrs. Baker and to your family.  I have many fond memories of your husband and my Dad playing tricks on each other and...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Lynn Ogle Kesterson - VA

“Katrina,  I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  I had no idea when we met again in Tampa that you would have to face this.  I know that...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: allen murray - cherry hill, NJ

“He helped me get into farming, he was my teacher, well be missed, i lived on grasham road for many years, now have moved to pa. I should have stayed...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: william w. smith - clearville, PA

“Bill and Denise -We've been thinking of you and your family since we heard the news.  Please accept our condolences and we hope you ae comforted...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Alyssa and Ralph Sapia - MD

“I express my condolences to you, "Weetie" and the children on Bill's passing. Bill had a good and interesting life. I always enjoyed being around him...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Ken Wastler - Miramar Beach, FL

“I am so sorrry to hear about your loss.  I know many people in our community will miss him terribly.  My thoughts are with you. ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Pat Rhodes - Thurmont, MD

“Dear Weetle and family. Bill Baker was a great person and a wonderful role model. I will always remember how he made me feel so special when I was...Read More »
29 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Hoover Layman - PA

“Weetie: We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing.  He went through a very rough time as we are sure you did also. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
30 of 30 | Posted by: Vivian and Gary Snyder - Thurmont, MD

Mr. William Glisan Baker, 86, of Thurmont, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 at Kline Hospice House, following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 10, 1923 in Unionville, he was the son of the late Wilbur W. and Emma Glisan Baker.  He was the husband of Marguerite L. “Weetie” Baker, his wife of 62 years, who had been an elementary school librarian.  Mr. Baker attended and graduated from Libertytown High School.  His college career at the University of Maryland was interrupted by Pearl Harbor and his enlistment in the Army.  After 4 years in the service he returned to the University.  He worked as a herdsman at the University of Maryland Dairy Barns while finishing his undergraduate degree.  Bill later received his Advanced Professional Certificate in Education.  He began teaching Vocational Agriculture at Thurmont High School and Emmitsburg High School in February, 1950.  He taught agriculture until 1973 when he became the Work Study Coordinator for Catoctin High School.  Along with teaching he had successful dairy and beef herds.  He was an independent auctioneer for many years in Frederick County and was also with Trout Auction and R&R  Auction.  He was a golden member of Linganore Untied Methodist Church, Unionville.  He was also a member of Maryland Vocational Agriculture Teacher’s Association, where he was past president and past corresponding secretary; Agriculture Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, where he was past vice-president and past president and attended State of Maryland Legislature hearings regarding University of Maryland autonomy and reorganization; National Vocational Agriculture Teachers’ Association; Past Program Chairman and President of Thurmont High School P.T.A.; Masonic Lodge, Emmitsburg; Thurmont Grange; Thurmont Cooperative; and American Legion, Frederick.  In the past he has been a member of the MD-VA Milk Producers Association and during the Vietnam War a member of the National Selective Service Board, Frederick.  Twice he had been a Delegate to the National American Institute of Cooperative Convention.  Bill had served on several school evaluation teams regarding Accreditation.  He helped design the shop plans at the old Thurmont High School, which many visiting Ag teachers felt was one of the most functional shops they had seen.  With other Ag teachers he helped write some curriculum guide lines for Frederick County.  He also served on the committee regarding the teaching of Agriculture at Frederick Community College.  He had served as Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Thurmont-Emmitsburg Community Show for twenty-five years.  This show has grown from a show of less than 100 entries to one which averages about 1500 entries, covers a three-day period, involving many individuals and organizations of both communities, and visited by thousands of people each year.  He enjoyed his pets and researching his family lineage.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, two of which have chosen education as their vocations: two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca E. and Lynn Cross of Walkersville, Katrina B. and Jerry Bradshaw of West Point, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, William E. and Denise Baker of Frederick; three grandchildren, Erika L. Cross, William W. Cross and Nicholas B. Bradshaw; and one sister, Betty Baker Englar and husband, Donald of Blacksburg, Va.  A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Hartzler Funeral Home, 11802 Liberty Rd., Libertytown, with Rev. Janet Cummins and Rev. David Coakley, officiating.  Military interment will be in Linganore Cemetery, Unionville.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the William G. Baker Scholarship Fund, c/o William E. Baker, 5793 Sunset View Lane, Frederick, MD 21703. 

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