Phillip J. Baker passed away of Melanoma on January 12, 2015 in Washington DC. He was born at Klamath Falls, Oregon on December 2, 1939 to parents, John and Frances Baker.
Phillip graduated from The Dalles High School in 1958 and received an Oregon State University engineering degree in 1962. He also got a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering while in the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 25 years, retiring as a Colonel. Phillip went on to have a successful career in aerospace engineering, and was proud of his upbringing in The Dalles, remembering the many hours he spent swimming, fishing and golfing.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Joanie; children, Frank Baker, Melinda Byrd, and Brent Baker; grandchildren, Ryan and Nate Baker. He is also survived by his sister, Rita (Jerry) Albrich of Canby, Oregon and many loving nieces and nephews.
In leu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Phil’s name to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
A gathering of family and friends took place January 24 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Phillip will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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