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Msgt. Philip Russell "Phil" Baker, Usaf (Ret.)

August 4, 1934 — August 14, 2016

Phil Baker, 82, went to be with the Lord on the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Phil was born in Brookfield, Vermont on August 4, 1934 and was of the Baptist faith. On September 11, 1956, he made the lovely Virginia Phelps his bride and together they raised three wonderful children with love, honor, and respect.

Mr. Baker was a proud United States Air Force Veteran retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant after 23 years of dedicated service to his country. Following his military career, he went on to retire from the Georgia Department of Transportation as a law enforcement officer. Phil had a deep passion for teaching and was also a driving instructor for AARP for many years and trained numerous people in driving and firearms with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Woodworking was one of Mr. Baker's favorite pastimes along with being a Boy Scout leader on Robins Air Force Base for several years. A good friend and mentor to so many, Phil will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert T. and Mildred Wheeler Baker; grandson, Stephen Dominy; and sister, Patricia Rhoads.

His memory will forever be treasured by his devoted wife of 60 years, Virginia Baker of Warner Robins; children, Russell L. Baker (Mary) of Coalmont, Tennessee, Sylvia Baker Goulding (Bill) of Warner Robins, and Shannon E. Baker of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Gary Baker (Iantha) and Lori, Nathan, and Robby Baker; great-grandchildren, Alissa, Kayla, Heather, and Jenny Baker, Chad and Dylan Dwyer, and Lainey Jo Wilkes; brother, Harold Baker; many nieces and nephews; and close friends, Tom and Donna Walmer, John and Vickie Wasko, and Pam Henley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18th in the chapel of Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2617 Vinson Hwy SE, Milledgeville, GA 31061 where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial donations be given in memory of Mr. Baker to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry St., Ste. A, Macon, GA 31201.

Funeral Home:
McCullough Funeral Home
417 S. Houston Lake Rd.
Warner Robins, GA
US 31088

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