May 2, 1922 - May 26, 2006
Reverend Hugh L. Baker, Jr., 84 years old, passed away May 26, 2006 at the Saint Francis Hospital in Monroe. A faithful Christian servant, he served 45 years as a Methodist minister. He served the congregations of nine churches in the Conference, including ten years at the First United Methodist Church and six years at Blackwater United Methodist Church, both in Baton Rouge. A graduate of Tulane University with degrees in Micropaleontology, History and Divinity, he was an accomplished individual with an enormous love of life. During World War II he served in the Navy as a pilot and navigator in the Pacific and East European theaters. He held a strong belief in the freedoms of every man. He was a Mason and was honored with the 33rd degree. An avid outdoorsman, he pursued astronomy, boating, and geology. He spent many hours creating jewelry, which he often gave away. His greatest asset, however, was his love of people, as he never met a stranger.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years; Mrs. Kathlyn Harris Baker of Grand Cane; two children, Mrs. Kathy Mason and her husband Jim, and Congressman Richard Baker and his wife Karen Baker; four grandchildren, Mr. Brandon Baker and his wife Caroline, Ms. Julie Baker, Mrs. Vanessa Killough, and Mrs. Mindy Ramsey.
The family expresses deep appreciation for the care and courtesies extended to Rev. Baker by all staff at the NELA War Veteran’s Home. “Rev. Hugh” would also want us to express great appreciation to all his brothers and sisters of the Church, who over 45 years shared their love and encouragement in so many ways and made his life complete in the Service of our Lord.
Congressman Richard Baker
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006