Bobby Rhea Baker, 77, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Nov. 25, 1936, to William Matt and Bertha Baker of Whitley County, Ky.
Bobby and his former spouse, Tippi (nee Rice), moved their young family to the Englewood, Fla., area in 1968, to escape the brutal winters of Michigan. He loved Florida and all it had to offer — the golfing, fishing, boating, camping, motorcycling and outdoor activities. Bobby changed professions upon moving here and became a plumber, until he retired in the early 2000s.
Although he never really retired — he moved to Old Town full time in 1996, where he starting buying rental properties and managed them himself to keep busy. He was a charter member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1933, as well as the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3885, and was a life member of the B.P.O. Elks 2378, all of Englewood.
Bobby is survived by his brother, William Matt Baker; sister, Lillie Hunter; sisters-in-law, Lola Baker and Ruth Baker; daughter, Linda Vibbert; two granddaughters, Theresa (Shane) Sisler and Lauren (Robert Brandon) Vibbert; three great-grandchildren, Emily Sisler, and Kayden and Mckaela Brandon; as well as several nieces and nephews. Bobby was preceded in death by his four brothers, Rice “Ralph” Baker, Sollie Baker, Charlie Baker and Jack Baker; two sisters, Betty Sue Baker Balliet and Blanche Marie Baker Stittler; and two children, Diana Lynn Baker Gordon and David Ray Baker.
A Celebration of Life and reception will be held in Bobby’s honor at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Moose Lodge 1933, 55 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. You may share a memory with the family at www.englewoodfh.com.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.