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Darrell Wayne Baker

July 4, 1952 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 69)

Obituary

Darrell Wayne Baker of Warsaw, Indiana passed away from a recent illness at 1:38 a.m. on Monday, May 30, 2022 at I.U. Health University Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 69. 

He was born on July 4, 1952 in Hazard, Kentucky to Harriet Faye (Mullins) Baker and Boyd Baker.  On September 16, 1989 he was married to Kathy Lynne Blighton, and they shared the next 32 years celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, births and everything in between before she passed away on January 7, 2022.

Darrell graduated from high school in Hazzard, Kentucky in 1970.  He moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana in 1972 where he lived for the rest of his life.  He was a hardworking man who worked at various companies thorough his life.  He worked for a number of years at the Monsanto Plant in Ligonier, Indiana, he was a reliable worker for over 30 years at the Dana Corporation in Syracuse, Indiana and finally he worked for many years and retired from Zimmer-Biomet in Warsaw, Indiana. 

He was a huge fan of University of Kentucky basketball and football, and he loved NASCAR and seeing Rusty Wallace tear up the track.  One thing about Darrel was that he really enjoyed eating salmon and frog legs, being on the water boating on Lake Wawasee and cracking jokes.  He loved his wife Kathy and enjoyed spending time together especially on their traveling adventures to the Caribbean Islands.  Darrell was a kind man who spent his life doing the best he could.  He was a loving husband who always put Kathy’s needs before himself.  He was a loving father, grandfather and friend who will be dearly missed.    

He leaves behind his daughter, Alicia Faye Baker (Hazard, Kentucky), two step-daughters, Susan Edwards (Goshen, Indiana), Nikki Ward (Meridian, Mississippi), son-in-law, Manny Hong (Goshen, IN), nine grandchildren and his brother-in-law:  Phil Blighton (Colorado).  He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Kathy Lynne Baker.           

No services are planned, Darrell’s family will mourn his passing privately, thoughts and prayers for the family are appreciated.  Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.

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