William Curtis Baker

William Curtis Baker, age 91 of Tecumseh, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at ProMedica Herrick Hospital.  He was born July 8, 1926 in Manistique, Mich., the son of the late William E. and Doris Marie (Herrick) Baker. On August 19, 1947 in Lansing, Mich. he married Beverly Rose (Barton) Baker and she preceded him in death in 2004.

In 1947, Bill started working for GM/Fisher Body in Lansing. He then transferred in 1952 to Grand Rapids.  Bill’s next transfer brought him to Tecumseh in 1979, where he worked as the Plant Controller.  He retired in 1987 after working for GM for 40 years. 

After retirement Bill was active in community work. He served as the Tecumseh Township Supervisor and Assessor, he served on the Tecumseh Library Board, the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce Board, was on various committees with the Tecumseh Center for the Arts and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Bill was also an active member of the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club for almost 38 years, receiving the Hixson Award in 1997.

He was an avid golfer and he loved to read and attend shows at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, but his greatest love was for his family. He cherished the time he spent with them and was always ready to share with others about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a devoted and faithful husband, father, grandfather, friend, and community member.

Bill is survived by three daughters, Barbara L. (Jack) Taylor of Roswell, Ga., Bethany A. Thomas of Golden, Col. and Brenda C. (Daniel) Estrada of Roswell, Ga.; a sister Marie I. (Ken) Muir of Fremont, Calif.; sister-in-law, Margaret E. Baker of Morrison, Col.; seven grandchildren, Tim Weeden, Stephanie Wilson, Matthew Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Mary Gray and Rachel Cole; and nine great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald L. Baker.

Visitation for Bill will be on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 3-4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Bethany A. Thomas and Rev. Cathi King officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee.  Arrangements are under the care of the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Condolences may be offered to the family at handlerfuneralhomes.com.

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