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We lost our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, Charles William “Bill” Baker, on Sunday, January 3, 2021. OAKLEY—We lost our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, Charles William “Bill” Baker, on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Bill was born on August 8, 1926, in Oakley, Idaho, to Maude Elison Baker and Olin Leo Baker, joining his older sister, Bonnie (Voyce) and brother, Robert “Bob.” The family settled in Burley, Idaho, where Bill was a popular all-around student joining the baseball and basketball teams as well as being part of the school paper and some of the theatrical productions. Once Bill graduated and turned 18, he, like so many of his generation, joined the war effort by enlisting in the United States Navy. His tour of duty included landing in Japan as the war was ending, serving as a signalman on his ship. Bill was proud to be a World War II veteran. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Bill settled in Southern California and went to work for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank. That would prove to be a lasting relationship as Bill stayed at Lockheed for 35-plus years retiring in 1987. Among Bill’s best memories of his time at Lockheed were working on Lockheed’s L1011 commercial jet and joining the Skunkworks during his last years at Lockheed. Bill was proud to be part of some of the innovative Skunkworks projects. While at Lockheed, Bill met a delivery clerk, Ann Nickolich, and fell in love. Bill and Ann were […]