Jackie Lee “Jack” Baker, 86, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Jack was born Oct. 5, 1932, to the late Frances and Charley Baker in Jennings, Oklahoma.
In 1952, Jack joined the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and loved every minute of his 31-year career. He served during the Korean War on troop ships.
Jack and Nancy married in San Diego and had many adventures thanks to the Navy. Duty stations included NAS Sanford, Florida, where their son, Keith, was born; Medical Admin. School, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where son, Terry, was born, and Cinclant Fleet, Marine training in Camp Lejune, USS Boxer, USS Nesplen, Work Study Group, USS Forrestal, 5th Naval District Headquarters, USS Albany CG10 and Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, where he retired as a master chief hospital corpsman in 1983. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association (Branch 60), Disabled American Veterans (Chapter 40) and Cruiser Sailors Association.
Jack played softball on Navy teams and was a coach for Little League and city softball and basketball teams. After retirement from the Navy, he was a property manager for Ameribank and started his own business working for real estate companies. He enjoyed a large garden every year, elk hunting in Colorado and deer hunting in Virginia.
Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy; sons, Keith and Terry; grandsons, James and Jesse; granddaughter, Brooke; and great-grandson, James.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
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