Ralph Arnold Baker, 82, passed away June 7, 2001, at the Veterans Medical Center in Denver. Survived by his wife, Janis Baker, of the family home in Pueblo; daughter, Nancy Baker of Pueblo; siblings, Verlon Teal of Haines City, Florida, Clara Tillman, Florrie Williams, and Kenneth Baker, all of Ozark, Alabama, Hubert Baker and Ruth Glenn, both of Haines City, Florida; grandchildren, Sonny Gamble, Kyle Stotler, Tanya Trujillo and Paul Trujillo; great-grandson, Tony Lara, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Ida Victoria (nee Carter) and Len Cleveland Baker; sisters, Dolly Nappon and Sybil Ballance; and brother, James Edward Baker. Ralph was born April 24, 1919, in Ariton, Alabama. He served his country in U.S. Navy during WWII and was a cook for the Veterans Administration. Ralph was a member of Evergreen Church in Ariton, Alabama and the American Legion. He will lie in state at the funeral home from noon until 7 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Lynn Gardens Baptist Church, 3804 Pueblo Blvd., with Pastor Patrick Lockhart officiating. Military Rites by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lynn Gardens Baptist Altar Fund through the funeral home.

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