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Bud (Maynard Jr.) Baker
New York State Licensed Funeral Director,
Manager Andover Facility
Bud comes from the Adirondack region town of Warrensburg, New York. He has been a licensed New York State funeral director since 2002. Bud obtained his degree in mortuary science from Hudson Valley Community College in Albany.
The Bakers reside in Andover where Bud assists the Andover Lions Club with the medical supplies closet and where he sings in the Andover Ecumenical Choir. He is a member of Wellsville Bible Church, the Scio Lions Club, and the Fair Lawn Cemetery Association. Bud serves Allegany County as one of your four elected Coroners.
Bud and Linda, have four grown children of whom they are very proud.
“It is my desire to meet all of your funeral service needs with understanding and compassion.”
New York State Licensed Funeral Director,
Manager Wellsville Facility
Linda Baker has worked with the funeral home since 2003 in various capacities. She began her studies in mortuary science in the fall of 2017 at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. You can read about this at her blog, Life in the Valley. She Graduated in January 2020, served her internship under her husband, Bud, and was licensed in the Summer of 2021.
Linda was born and raised in Northern Indiana, where she married Bud in 1984. In 1987, they had their first child, who succumbed to SIDS at six weeks old and went to be with Jesus. Linda is available for talks about this experience which impacted their lives in many ways.
Along with funeral directing, Linda runs the technical features of the funeral home such as the video tributes and audio, and much of the print media.
Maynard D. Baker
Maynard D. Baker graduated from McAllister Institute of Funeral Directing in New York City in 1967. He owned and operated the Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home in Warrensburg, New York for 17 years. He took a short break from funeral directing as he served the Warrensburg community as Town Supervisor for ten years. Maynard’s License was continually registered since 1968. He served as the manager of our Wellsville location from 2019 – 2021.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Maynard D. Baker Sr., formerly of Thurman and Warrensburg, and most recently of South Glens Falls, went home to Jesus, on Monday, April 19, 2021, two days after his 91st birthday, following a brief illness.
Maynard was born in Sandusky, Ohio, April 17, 1930, being the son of the late Archibald Joseph and Edna Mae (Brainard) Baker.
With an eighth-grade education from Warrensburg Central School, he left to work as a butcher, among other things, to help feed his family. Barely the age of 16, Maynard fudged his paperwork so he could serve his country. On July 30, 1946, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving under the command of Admiral Halsey as Fireman First Class aboard the USS Oregon City (CA-122) and then the USS Portsmouth (CL-102), porting in both the Atlantic and Mediterranean areas. During these two years serving his country, he wired money home to continue caring for his family. Maynard was proud to have served two years aboard ship being honorably discharged three months before he was able to vote.
After being awarded the World War II Victory Medal and honorably discharged July 23, 1948, Maynard returned to his hometown working at various places. On October 4, 1953, Maynard married Ruth Glenda Rounds at the Kenyontown Methodist Church in Thurman.
Maynard was a self-made man. He learned masonry and became his own mason contractor for many years. While working hard at this, Maynard caught a vision for a better income and created and welded his own steel burial vault form and started the Adirondack Walcor Concrete Burial Vault Firm.
While residing in Thurman with his family, Maynard served five years as Justice of the Peace and also on the town board for eight years. Still looking for ways to serve, he then went on to earn his funeral directing license from American Academy-McAllister Institute in New York City.
In the fall of 1967, he established the Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home in Warrensburg, which opened the following year. In 1986, Maynard sold the funeral home to John Alexander, who still owns and operates as the Alexander-Baker Funeral Home today.
During his “retirement,” Maynard built and operated Bakersfield East Campground and Event Center on Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.
Serving his community was very important to Maynard. Through the years, he served as a member of the Thurman Volunteer Fire Company, Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Company and Emergency Squad, a member of the Glens Falls Mason’s Union, the Warrensburg Lodge No. 488, International Order of Odd Fellows, being the last known member, where he was a past Noble Grand, Wevertown Wisteria Rebekah Lodge No. 501, a member of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Haskell Bros. VFW Post No. 4821, Warrensburg American Legion Post No. 466, Queensbury B. P. O. E. Elks Lodge No. 81, South Glens Falls Eagles Club, Adirondack Solidarity Alliance, National Rifleman’s Association, and the NYS Magistrates Association, and a member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Maynard was also elected by the people of Warrensburg to serve as their Town Supervisor from 1987 to 1997.
In 1998, Maynard established the Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home at a new location in Queensbury which he and his son, Bud, constructed primarily themselves. Proudly, this led to three generations of Baker funeral directors: his daughter Starr, son Bud and his wife Linda, and grandchildren, Cassia and Titus.
His faith in God was especially important to him and it became even more evident in the latter part of his years. On October 11, 2009, he married Janice (Seeley) Roberts, who survives, at her home church, Kingsbury Wesleyan Church on Green Barn Road. A favorite pastime was playing Dominoes with his wife Janice and friends.
Along with his wife, Janice, of South Glens Falls, Maynard is survived by his four children, Glenda (Kent) Duell of Athol, Maynard Jr. “Bud” (Linda) Baker of Andover, Starr (Bruce) Mowery of Bolton Landing, and Amber (Thomas) Grace of Warrensburg; the mother of his children, Ruth (Rounds) Wadsworth of El Paso, Texas; 15 grandchildren, Jarrod York, Carrie (York) Alkaram, Luke Duell, Karl Duell IV, Erinnae (Baker) Cline, Titus Baker, Alethia (Baker) Ortner, Karissa Baker, Cassia Rafferty, Kyland Rafferty, Teagan (Rafferty) Cobb, Jordan (Grace) Oakden, Haley Grace, TommiLee (Grace) Sachleben, and Quinn (Grace) Henson; 23 great-grandchildren, Michael, Sidney, Rachel, Elliana, Farook, Hajer, Yaser, Lina, Chelsea, Hannah, Abigail, Adylynn, Isabella, Livinnia, Gunner, MarliMae, Cormac, Keaton, Thompson, Emerick, Hudson, Elizabeth, and Cynthia, and one grand baby Ortner on the way; one great-great-grandchild, Levi Joseph York; two sisters, Verna (Herb) Springer of Warrensburg, and Linda Baker of Arizona; two brothers, James (Barbara) Baker and Fred (Debbie) Baker all of Warrensburg; two sisters-in-law, Herma Baker of Athol and Linda Rounds of Warrensburg.
Maynard was preceded in death by one grandson, Caleb Lincoln Baker; one brother, Edwin J. Baker just 12 days prior to his own passing; a “son”, Eric Ginsberg; and two brothers-in-law, Dominic Arcuri and Gary Rounds.