Charley Baker |

Charley Baker

A celebration of life/spaghetti dinner for Charley A. Baker of Rough and Ready will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rough and Ready Fire House, 11042 Rough and Ready Road.

Mr. Baker died Thursday, Oct. 3, in Grass Valley, at 67.

He was a Wyoming native and moved to California in 1965 after serving eight years in the U. S. Army – one year in Korea and the rest in France and San Francisco.

He was a teacher, mechanic and general contractor. He taught auto mechanics for 15 years at Chabot College in Hayward. He moved in 1979 to Rough and Ready, where he was a general contractor for 22 years and also grew shiitake mushrooms. He volunteered for many years in the community, including the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Protection District.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sara Baker of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Suzan and Joe Carpenter of Washington and Kathleen and Mark Minser of Livermore; daughter Cindy Baker of Colorado; stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law Kim and Lane Cierley of Missouri, Kelli and Tim Raible of Nevada and Karan and Paul Appelman of Grass Valley; stepson John Cuneo of Colorado; sisters Harriet Altona of Arkansas and Donna Mae Richey of Colorado; brothers Billy Ray Baker and Gerald Baker, both of Wyoming; and grandchildren Tyler, Cody, Windee, Darren, Jason, Jamie, James, Dan, Charlene, Timothy, Amanda, Amber, Chance and Leah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 10, Rough and Ready 95975; or Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

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