In Loving Memory of Stan Baker: 1935-2021


Please join us Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Chehalis United Methodist Church, 16 S. Market Blvd., Chehalis, for a celebration of life for Chaplain (LTC) Walter Stanley “Stan” Baker, Jr. The service was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and is open to all. Stan passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 86 years old. 

Stan was born on Feb. 10, 1935 in Dunn, North Carolina to Mary Gladys Hart and Walter Stanley Baker, Sr. He was called to the Methodist ministry and after completing his degrees at High Point College and Emory University, he served two churches in Western North Carolina between 1959 and 1965. In 1965, he joined the United States Army and served for 20 years as a chaplain. He completed two tours in Vietnam, providing spiritual support to soldiers from all faiths and backgrounds. In 1983, Stan retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel, ending his military career by serving as the chaplain at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis, Washington. After his military retirement, he served United Methodist churches in White Swan/Wapato and Chehalis, Washington. He retired as a United Methodist pastor in 1997 after 39 years as an ordained minister (combining civilian and military). In his later life, he was very involved with the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum, where he served as general president from 2010 to 2014. 

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, his sister JoAnn, and his son Walter. He is survived by his beloved wife Maureen, three children Jonell Moore (Jack), Darick (Amanda), and Marissa (Elliot Throssell), and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Stan was interred with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on July 21, 2021

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