Henry Bakker, Jr.
Henry Bakker, Jr.
Henry Bakker, Jr., 87, of Walker, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at May Creek Lodge in Walker.
Henry was born February 5, 1926 in Walker, Minnesota to Hendrik and Jessie (Straatsma) Bakker, Sr. He attended the Cyphers School near Walker and then enlisted in the Army Air Corp, serving from 1943 to 1945. After being honorably discharged he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. On February 6, 1949 he married Helen Lois Bennett and they made their home in Walker. Henry worked at the high school as a janitor before becoming Postmaster at Ah-gwah-ching until his retirement in 1992. Henry and Helen also continued to own and operate the Chippewa Motel and the Lakeview Laundromat before their move to Bemidji in 1995. In 2009 Henry returned to Walker and May Creek became his home.
Throughout his life Henry enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and his involvement in Turtle Lake 4-H. While living at May Creek he also enjoyed participating in the Bell Choir and many other activities. Henry was a hard worker and set a good example as a father and husband. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, and as a man of few words and many talents.
Henry is survived by his sons Hilton Bakker (Carol Schnell), Hadley (Lori) Bakker, daughter-in-law Marie Bakker, ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; Sister-in-law Liz (Gordy) Dahn, two brothers-in-law; Jim (Sheri) and Ralph (Sharon) Bennett, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 2004, son Hal, brothers; Pete, Klaas, Ruel, Bob, Chris, Cornelius, sister Tillie, and granddaughter Kaitlin Bakker.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Walker with Pastor Ed Behling officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8 pm at the Dennis Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Turtle Lake Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Spencer-Ross American Legion Post #134 of Walker. Share on-line condolences at www.dennisfuneralhome.com. The Dennis Funeral Home of Walker assisted the family in making service arrangements.