June 23, 1930 ~ August 16, 2012

Born in: Cedar Falls, IA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

LaVerne Russell Baker, 82, of Asheville, died on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at his residence. A native of Cedar Falls, IA, Mr. Baker was a son of the late Charles Joseph and Amanda Ackerson Baker. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Sharon Agar and Loyce Ebaugh, and by his brother, Charles Joseph Baker, Jr. Mr. Baker was a graduate of Iowa St. Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa). He retired from working as Chief Financial Officer at WGNT television station in Portsmouth, VA. Mr. Baker's retirement project was building his home in Asheville, which he completed in 1996. He enjoyed carpentry, reading, and most of all, spending time with his family who meant everything to him. Mr. Baker was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict. Over the years, Mr. Baker had served in many church offices, and had currently been a member of Asheville Family Church. Mr. Baker is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Wesseling Baker. The two would've celebrated their 58th anniversary in November. He is also survived by his children, Michael Baker, of Anchorage, AK, Michelle Lloyd, of Iowa City, IA, Mary Porter, of Portsmouth, VA, Mark Baker, of Asheville, and Matthew Baker, of Leicester; sister, Ardeth Kuck; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Revs. Rolf Woodard and Robert Drake officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, in Black Mountain. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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  1. Michelle and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a father. May the memories you have get you thru this difficult time. Know that he is smiling down from heaven and will forever watch over you and your family.
    God Bless,
    Linnet Wainwright

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of your father.( Our Uncle) With us just losing our mother we know what your going through. Sorry our family’s are so far in distance, but our thoughts and prays are with you. LeVerne has touched the life of everyone he came in contact with. He will be truly missed. Rest in Peace .

  3. Aunt Carol and Family. We are so sad to hear about Laverns passing. He is in a much better place now along with all his family members and friends. Sorry we will not be able to attend but our thoughts and prayers are with you all now at this difficult time. He was a great uncle. We have many wonderful memories of him. Take care of yourselves now. Love always.

  4. All of us in the HBPC team at the Charles George VA enjoyed our brief time with Mr. Baker. How fortunate he had such a dedicated and caring family and was able to still be at home. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Elizabeth Cheesborough, FNP

  5. Michelle and family,
    May God, family, and friends help you to get through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


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