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Donald L. Baker, 94, of Lewistown, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
He was born Nov. 23, 1923, in Lewistown, a son of the late Howard Baker and Ida M. (Price) Baker.

Donald attended Derry High School in Yeagertown. He was a veteran of World War II, being honorably discharged as a PFC from the Army.
He retired as a buyer for Fisher Electronics.
He was a member of the Burnham Lions Club. As a club member he chained the Eyeglass Recycling Program, collecting over 92,000 pairs. He was a founding board member of the RC&D known as Community Partnerships RC&D Council, contributing to many of the organization's first projects. He also served as a director of the local PA Clean Ways cleaning up a number of illegal dump sites in the county. He was a director and member of the Mifflin County Conservation District working along side DEP, EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Program. He was the 2005 recipient of the Mifflin County Round Table of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award.
He was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Lewistown.

Donald is survived by his wife, Anna Mae (Dock) Baker, whom he married Sept. 11, 1954; daughters, DoAnn E. Keller, Reedsville, Gayle L. Baker-Gaydos and husband, Kevin J. Gaydos, of West Grove, Elaine T. Benner and husband, William E. Benner Jr., of Lancaster, and Tara J Diffenbaugh, of Frederick, Md.; grandchildren, Alex Gaydos, Lauren (Benner) Rinier, Bill Benner, Josh Diffenbaugh and Abbey Diffenbaugh; great-grandsons, Jackson and Hudson Rinier; and his sister, Lillian I. Russler.
He was predeceased by brothers, William C. Walter E., Ralph R., Alfred H., David H. and Marvin L. Baker; sisters, Helen M. Baker, Ruth D. Wertz, Pauline F. Palm and Arlene E. Parks.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham. There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, with Pastor Teresa Hockenberry officiating.
Interment will take place with military honors at Juniata Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstine funeralhome.com.
Published on February 25, 2018
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