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DOWNEY – Warren Wayne Baker passed away peacefully on Oct. 31. He was 91 years old and a Downey resident for 63 years.
Born in Argenta, Ill., his parents moved to Huntington Park with his two brothers and sister when he was three years old.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters, Sharon (Mike) Brooks and Linda Harms; son, Mark (Stephanie) Baker; four grandchildren, Lisa Harms, Brian Grubb, and Kevin and Cassie Baker; and three great-granddaughters, Ashton, Alyssa and Jewel Grubb.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Stoy and Ora; sister, Martha; and son-in-law, Jerry Harms.
Warren and Virginia celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in May. They grew up together on the same street in Huntington Park, attended elementary through high school together and were high school sweethearts. They eloped to Las Vegas in 1941.
Warren served as Chief Petty Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga during World War II. After returning from service, he continued his career at the Huntington Park Post Office, where he retired in 1990 as Postmaster.
Private graveside services were held Nov. 4 at Rose Hills Memorial Park.
Published: November 10, 2011 – Volume 10 – Issue 30