Ernest Jack BAKER

Ernest Jack Baker went peacefully to be with our Lord, holding his son-in-law’s hand on July 25, 2006. Ernie was born on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1919 in Craven, Saskatchewan to Austrian immigrants, John and Margarethe (Koch) Becker. He is survived by his wife, Esther of 61 years; sons, Emery and Jack, daughter, Trish and her husband Chris; nephew, Lance Zurowski; sister Carrie Wartenbe of Edmonton; grandchildren, Laurie, Matthew, and Derek; great-grandchildren, Michael and Shelby; great-great-grandchildren, Jaime and Keylan and numerous nieces and ­nephews. He was predeceased by their first infant son; his ­brothers: Karl, Rudy, Johann and Peter, and his sisters: Theresia, Lucy, Elsie, Katherine and infant sisters Ludwiga Ann and Karoline.

Ernie came to BC when he was 19 years old and started working in construction. After eloping with Esther in 1925, he ran a truck hauling farm produce. Ernie then worked for Emil Anderson Construction for 10 years building tunnels and retaining walls in the Fraser Canyon and then onto construction of the Squamish and Island highways. Ernie and Esther then retired from the camp life and built and ran a corner store on Ware and Bevan for many years. After the store, Ernie worked as a finishing carpenter for a local construction company before ending his carpentry career with School District #34 for 15 years as a maintenance supervisor.

Ernie’s hobbies included shop carpentry work, fishing, hunting, gardening and making his famous wine. Ernie spent a lot of time with his family including special carpentry projects with his grandchildren. Grandpa made the best oak swords and guns! He enjoyed traveling to Hawaii several times with family. Ernie had a large extended family for which he always had time for.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church on Gladwin road. Pastor Dave Hilderman will be officiating. For anyone wishing to pay last respects to Ernie, there will be a visitation time at 11 am before the service. Refreshments will be served after the service in the church gym, to follow with an open house in their home.

Many thanks for everyone’s good wishes and help during this difficult time. Special thanks to all the wonderful nurses, care ­givers, rehabilitation workers, and ­doctors at Worthington Palliative Care. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to BC Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Wagner Hills Farm.

Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Directors


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