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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Obituary: Archie Michael "Mickey" Baker, 82, Wellsville


WELLSVILLE - Archie Michael “Mickey” Baker, 82, passed peacefully on Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Hospice of Buffalo. Mickey was never seen without a hat and wore many in his life. Mickey was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Andover, to James J. and Florence (Cocoman) Baker Sr. He graduated from Andover High School, worked construction, then enlisted in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and served from 1954 to 1956 as a company clerk and loved to jump. Mickey returned home and went to work at C-E Air Preheater in Wellsville. His career there spanned 25 years from the shop floor to plant manager. He met the love of his life, Jeannie O’Donnell, there and enjoyed 47 years of marriage. In retirement, Mickey worked independently on many ventures, and particularly liked oil, gas and mineral rights. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Club, Oil Producers Association, Ancient Order of Hibernians and Immaculate Conception Parish. His hobbies were socializing, playing cards, reading newspapers, country music and being with family and friends. Mickey is survived by his sister, Patricia Moore (Martin) of Rock Hill, S.C.; his four children, Mary Jo (Robert) Butler of Williamsville, Terrence (Rebecca) Baker of Akron, William Baker of Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Veronica (Russell) Lyons of Rochester; six grandchildren, Nicole, Stephanie, Cory, Morgan, Nick and Matt; and 13 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeannie; sister, Rosemary Burger; brothers, James Jr. and John; and nephews, George Burger and JD Rife. The family invites friends to join in celebrating Mickey’s life. Visitations will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday (April 21, 2016) and Friday at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday (April 23, 2016) at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Interment with military honors will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Buffalo or Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.