Richard ‘Dick’ Baker: 1939-2022


Richard “Dick” Baker died at home surrounded by his family on Feb. 14, 2022.

He was born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 4, 1939, to Marcel and Delane Baker. After graduating from Blanchet High School in Seattle he joined the U.S. Navy where he served from 1958 to 1961. Dick married the love of his life Joan K. Goughnour on Dec. 28, 1963. 

He worked for the family business called The Baker Co. as a traveling salesman from 1958 to 1975. In 1975, he moved his family to Rochester, Washington, where he decided to go from a wholesale business to a retail business. He opened up his first retail store downtown Centralia in 1975 called Centerville Western Stores and at one time had 14 stores throughout Washington and Oregon. 

Dick wasn’t just a businessman, he and a few local businessmen started the local rodeo called Lewis County Roundup. He loved rodeos, western art, traveling, golfing and fishing with his buddies. But his greatest joy was spending time with his family. 

Sadly, Dick’s wife of 38 years passed away in 2001. He is survived by his older brother Dan Baker, his son Tony Baker (Kristin), daughters Anna Myking (Kurt) and Trish Hubbard, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Centralia at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Please join us in celebrating his life at the American Legion Post 17 in Centralia at 1 p.m.