Murray Baker was my uncle and my step-father. He was married first to Greta Holm, my dad’s sister. Several years after my dad and Greta died unexpectedly within months of each other in 1975, Murray and my mother married.

Murray passed away on May 12, 2011 after a long illness. He spent his final years at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Before the end, his vision had deteriorated so he could not read and his hearing had deteriorated so listening to movies or TV was not satisfying.

Gail and I flew to Green Bay via Chicago. CJ flew from New York and joined us in Chicago. From Green Bay, we drove a rental car to Iron River. In Iron River, we looked at the remains of the bowling alley, which had burned down that morning. We also drove out to Pentoga Park and visited the Native American burial site there.

The smoldering remains of the bowling alley

The Ojibwa people constructed little huts over their loved ones graves

Our first family gathering was at the Riverside Pizzaria. This is what people who have moved away always come back to.

Our extended family: Gail, Sherry, Jim, Terri, Denise,
Marquette, and Cathy. Just a corner of Ted’s shirt is seen.

Later Carl joined us between Jim and Terri,
and Nancy can be seen behind Sherry.

The younger generation at Riverside: Wes, Jeff, CJ, Chris, and Michelle

The morning of the ceremony, Ruth Ann, Chris, April, and Melissa came down from Marquette. Of the clan, only Patti - who had just had a baby - and Doug were unable to join us.

St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian where the funeral mass was held

Monument at the Baker plot in Stambaugh cemetery

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After the ceremony we attended a reception and lunch at the American Legion in Stambaugh. Later we continued our gathering at a cottage on Chicagoan Lake owned by Michelle’s grandmother.

On Sunday we drove back to Green Bay and put CJ on her plane. Later Pete and Sherry took us to the Oneida casino where an older, and mostly reconstituted, Herman’s Hermits were performing in the lounge. We flew home on Monday.

Here are some scenes from Murray’s life.

One year old in 1915

“Awaiting the Call” in 1917

On a Harley at Fort Benning in 1942

On his Harley

In uniform - 1944

With Greta at Victor’s farm - 1945

In Stambaugh with Greta - 1957

At home with his family in 1960

Christmas Eve family dinner at Victor’s

Out west with Greta
His DuPont truck in Stambaugh

With Aurora Hovey after moving to Ashland - 1969

Raising the flag
Murray and Helen wedding

Uncle Pa and Auntie Ma

Color guard in Iron Mountain

At Cathy’s wedding with Pete and Curt

With the snowmobile club

Family gathering after Helen’s funeral, August 1997

With Cathy

Parade Marshal

With Pete and grandson Jeff

At the graduation of granddaughter Michelle

With Sherry and Pete in Jacobetti’s

With Terri, Wayne, Gail, and Al - 2008

Responsible: Albert Holm
Created: 15 April 2019