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April 26, 1931 – Dec. 14, 2019
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Ronald Andrew Baker, 88, peacefully passed away December 14, 2019 with his family by his side. Ron was born April 26, 1931 to Millard and Lillian Baker in Quinton, Oklahoma. In 1943, the Baker family made their move to Modesto, CA. After graduating from Modesto High School in 1949, Ron enlisted in U.S. Army serving three years. He served in the Korean War in the Marshall Islands. In 1952, Ron married the love of his life, Juanita and they had two children. After moving the family to Escalon in 1964, Ron raised many animals but mostly cattle. He enjoyed fishing and his dog Callie, she went everywhere with him. Retiring from PG&E after 37 years, Ron took up golfing. He would golf every day if he could. Ron and Juanita loved going to his grandkid’s football ball games. GO COUGARS!!
Ron is survived by his wife of 67 years, Juanita, children; Paula Rolfe (Gary) of Groveland, Ronald, Jr. (Kim) of Escalon, sister; Wanda Smathers of Camarillo, grandchildren; Brian Fisher, Kimberly Dauth, Zac Baker, Brody Baker, great-grandchildren; Chelsea Dahlinger, Derek Dahlinger, Kaitlyn Dauth, J.W. Dauth, great-great grandchildren; Theo Dauth and Peyton Dahlinger.
Deegan Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Baker family. A graveside service with full Military Honors will be held Friday, December 27, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Road, Escalon, CA 95320. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall, 1531 Second St., Escalon, CA 95320. In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The American Cancer Society at or Alzheimer’s Association at To send condolences to the family, please visit Ron’s tribute page at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Dec. 25, 2019