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Vernon D. Baker

December 3, 1925 ~ July 26, 2022 (age 96)

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Vernon D. Baker, age 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Delaware.  He was born in Gumboro, Delaware, one of three sons of Sara (West) Baker and Norman Baker. He graduated from Millsboro High School in 1943.

Vernon joined the Army in 1944. In 1945 he married his high school sweetheart, Harriet Williams, and they made their home in Millsboro raising three children there. After his discharge from the Army, he worked at H.E. Williams & Company, and later became co-owners of the company with Norris Godwin and Nels Nelson. In 1962, he and his brother, Leon, opened Baker’s Hardware Company. In 1983, he started H & V Farms, Inc., where he worked until his retirement.

He was very involved in the community, serving as Mayor of Millsboro, was an active member of the Millsboro Lions Club, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church for many years.

Vernon and Harriet liked to travel and they took many trips over the years.  For a number of years, they enjoyed spending time at their home in Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Harriet, and two brothers, Leon (Doris), and Ivan. He is survived by two sons: Vernon, Jr. (Chip) and his wife Judy, David, and a daughter Teresa B. Ricker and her husband, Bob.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lori Hudson (Rodney), Danna Sammons (Jay), Jacob Ricker (Brittini), Caleb Ricker, Amy Wingate (Don), Mark Bahn (Tanya), Justin Dempsey and Robby Rogers; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Pat Willey.

Vernon’s family would like to thank all the ladies from Visiting Angels and Together We Can Home Care for the wonderful, compassionate care they provided.

Services will be held at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Delaware on Saturday, August 13, 2022.  The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., with visitation from 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. Burial will be at the Millsboro Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 566, Millsboro, Delaware 19966.


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August 13, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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211 S. Washington St.
Millsboro, DE 19966

Funeral Service
August 13, 2022

1:00 PM
Watson Funeral Home
211 S. Washington St.
Millsboro, DE 19966

August 13, 2022




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