Lonnie "Richard" Baker, lifetime area resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was 71. He was born in Niagara Falls on August 21, 1947, a son of the late Lonnie and Ethel (Porter) Baker.
He attended local schools and graduated from Niagara-Wheatfield High School. He entered the United States Marine Corps serving his country proudly in Vietnam until his honorable discharge in 1968. He then began his career with Operating Engineers Local 463, retiring after 40 years of service.
Richard enjoyed fishing, boating and travelling, but his greatest joy was his time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Wadowski-Abdullah) Baker; two children, Richard D. Baker and Jeanine Pyle; three step-children, Nicole (Peter) Montesanti, Nicholas (fiancee Jennifer) Abdullah and Danielle (Chris) Remus. Richard is also survived by four grandchildren, Richard D. Baker, Jr., Brianna L. Baker, Taylah W. Rossi and Morgan Pyle; four step-grandchildren, Anthony and Marco Montesanti and Ellie and Samuel Remus; three great-grandchildren, Antonio Pyle, Annalecia and Avein Gable; his brother, Randy Baker of Florida; half-brother, Gerald G. Porter; dear cousin, Barbara (Gary) Powell of Thomasville, NC; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robin Baker (2011); and his beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Rocky.
Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue on Sunday from 1 PM to 8 PM where funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 AM followed by burial with Military Honors in Riverdale Cemetery in Lewiston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richards name to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
Published on May 10, 2019
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6 posts

joseph white
May 11, 2019
i have known Richard for many years, every time I seen him in the neighborhood he always made time to talk to me and ask about my family, I painted a truck for him years ago when i was 16 years old and he gave me a 50 dollar tip and i never forgot it. He was a purple heart recipient and a decorated soldier who fought honorably for his country.GODS SPEED SOLDIER ......I will miss talking to ya
Joyce Moore
May 10, 2019
Linda and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.
Patricia Irwin. Goodearl
May 10, 2019
I remember spending time at his house on Hewitt drive. To the family sorry for your loss. May Richie. Rest In Peace
Gerry zell
May 10, 2019
Rip rich,you were a great guy!
Michael Kelley
May 10, 2019
Rest in Pease! My Brother! My Deepest Sympathy! I thought of Rich often of the good times and the long conversations we had.
Mike Moyer
May 10, 2019
Linda and family, very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Rich was our neighbor and good friend for over 20 years on Fox ave, always there to offer any kind of help whenever he saw you doing a project. He passed way to young, but they say the good die young. Rich is sitting in his crane in heaven watching over all of his family now. God Bless you Rich and all of your extended family ,You will be missed by all who knew you.