TRANSFER, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Lawrence R. Baker, 71, of Transfer, passed away at 4:50 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2019, in his home.
Mr. Baker was born August 15, 1948, in Sharon, a son of the late Charles Baker and Elizabeth (Gassner) Baker Nettinger.
He was a 1966 graduate of Hickory High School and attended Penn State Shenango Campus.
He was a highly decorated United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.
Lawrence was employed at the former Sharon Marine and Schultz Trucking, both in Hermitage. Later, he worked at Sharon Steel’s former Farrell plant, Keystone Rolls, in Wheatland and retired as a machinist from M7 Technologies, Youngstown, Ohio.
Lawrence was an avid NASCAR racing fan, especially drivers, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Blaney. His favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren and cheer on his grandson at his sporting events.
He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Lou Peterson Sweitzer, whom he married October 24, 1994; two sons, James Baker and his wife, Chrissy, of Texas and Ken Baker and his fiancé, Carrie, of Ohio; a stepdaughter, Jamie Sweitzer of West Middlesex; a stepson, Don Sweitzer of Farrell; five grandchildren, Kara, Amber, Declan, Andrea and Michael; a great-grandson, Jasper; three brothers, Michael Baker of Ohio, Joe Baker and his wife, Carol, and Chuck Baker and his wife, Carol, all of Hermitage; two stepsisters, Kathy Struck, of Texas, Carol Campbell, of Georgia and a stepbrother, David Nettinger of Virginia.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to ASPCA at www.ASPCA.org.
Calling hours will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2019, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2019, in the funeral home, with Reverend C. Charles Eckles, pastor of I.H.S. Gospel Ministries, officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the Sharon Honor Guard.
Interment will take place at America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.