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Russell J. Baker Jr.

April 16, 1933 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 87)

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Russell John Baker Jr., 87, of New Kensington, PA passed away on November 9, 2020. Russell was born on April 16, 1933 to Russell John Baker Sr. and Mildred Valeria Baker (Elliot) in New Kensington, PA.  

He graduated from Ken Hi in 1951.   Russell also served our country in the US Army at the 38th parallel as a Repeaterman in the Korean War.   He was employed as a Labor Steward for the Construction General Laborers’ Local Union #373. Russell married Carol Aites Polczynski in 1985.  He enjoyed the outdoors, several trips to Hawaii and spending winters traveling the East Coast and Gulf beaches.  He was a lifelong member and fixture at the NK YMCA and also enjoyed the Sylvan Pool in his later years.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents.  

He is survived by Carol, his wife of 35 years; his siblings, Emmaline Deemer, Margaret Block, Elizabeth (William) Held all of Melbourne FL; his sons, Russell A. (Renee) Baker, Bruce S. (Bonnie) Baker, Frank J. (Laura) Baker; and daughter, Beth Ann (Robert) Parks.  He was very proud of his seven grandchildren, Lisa (Ryan) Hancher, Greg (Molly) Baker, Guthrie Baker, Aurelia Baker, Rory Baker, Alexa Parks, Rachel Parks, and one great grandson, Liam Hancher. He also had many cousins, nieces and nephews he adored. 

All services were private. Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington was entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Leave an online condolence at rossgwalker.com

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