Walter Fred Baker of Grand Rapids, Michigan, formerly of Muskegon, MI, age 81, passed away unexpectedly on Friday August 23, 2019. Fred was born to Walt and Agnes (Hegbloom) Baker on June 23, 1938, in Muskegon, MI.
Fred was born the youngest of two children and was raised in the Lakeside area of Muskegon. He was a 1956 graduate Muskegon High School and earned a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University, in Business Administration. Fred spent his entire career working for GMAC, finally retiring after 30 years of service. After retirement he held a part-time position with Kentwood Public Schools Food Services to support his fishing adventures and new boat. Fred was a dedicated MSU football and basketball follower. Fred’s two favorite colors were GREEN and WHITE. Fred was married to his high school sweetheart, Marilyn (Bonjernnor) Baker on June 20, 1958.
Fred enjoyed fishing, cribbage, all things MSU, gardening, and just tinkering around. One of his favorite places to spend his free time was at the Muskegon Vikings Club. In his later years he took up woodworking and carving. Fred cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fred was an active grandfather who attended hundreds of wrestling matches, soccer games, cheerleading events and school functions. Additionally, Fred enjoyed spending quality time with the large network of friends and family over the years, many of whom he loved to travel with on trips to the Caribbean or fishing in Canada.
Fred is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-one years Marilyn (Bonjernoor) Baker; loving children David Baker – Pat (Nelsen) Baker, Robert – Ann (Redmond) Baker, Debra (Baker) Rivera – Javier Rivera; sister Marlene (Baker) Bramer; grandchildren Dan Baker – Julie (Wilt) Baker, Alexis Baker, Camerin Baker, Casey Baker, Kelsey (Baker) Sager – Steve Sager, Gabriel Rivera, and Gavin Rivera; great-grandchildren Jack and Poppy Sager.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walt and Agnes Baker; and dear friends Richard Sova and Charles Bramer.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to friends and family that helped Fred and Marilyn in his later years.
The Memorial Service for Walter will be celebrated by Pastor Sean Kidd at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Ofield Funeral Home, 4500 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Kentwood, MI 49508. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service.