Baker / Phelps

Ronald Dale Baker

Ronald Dale Baker, 75, of Kingman went to be with his Lord on Jan. 22 at KRMC Hospice. He was born March 15, 1931, in Sterling, Ill. His parents, Ardetta (Longanecker) Baker Majeski and Reginald Dennis Baker, divorced when he was 4 years old, and subsequently he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Ezra and Bonnie Longanecker.

He graduated from Morrison (Illinois) High School in 1949. For four years, he served in the Illinois National Guard, which was called to active service in 1950. During his service time, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and Camp Cook (now Vandenburg Air Force Base) in Lompoc, Calif. He received an honorable discharge.

In 1951 he married Henrietta Gordon; they moved to El Cajon, Calif., and lived there 34 years. The marriage ended in divorce in 1970. To this union was born one daughter, Laura Dawn (Baker) (Motl) Knispel of Upper Lake, Calif. Ron married Joann Ellington in 1972. He moved to Kingman in 2000.

Ron was a printer by trade; after discharge from the military he learned the printing trade in Illinois "from the ground up." At the time of his retirement in 1992, he was circulation manager for the El Cajon Daily News in El Cajon. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, the American Legion and the Eagles.

He dearly loved cats, and just before his final illness, picked out two kittens, which are now in Henrietta's care.

Preceding him in death were his second wife and one stepdaughter, Linda; also his grandparents and parents. Survivors include his daughter, Laura Dawn (Bill) Knispel; Henrietta, his first wife and later, for many years, his devoted companion; one stepdaughter, Deborah Solis of Kauai, Hawaii; one stepson, David Ellington of Las Vegas; his granddaughter, Melanie Motl of San Ramon, Calif.; his grandson, Nicholas Motl of Phoenix; his step-grandson, Michael Sandowski of San Diego; one sister, Gloria Joseph of San Diego; a half-brother, Lance Baker of Sterling; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Ron's body has been donated to Biological Resource Center, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in his memory to KRMC Hospice, Moose Lodge or Elks Lodge in Kingman.

No services are planned at present. However, there will be a celebration of his life sometime in the spring.

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Hale L. Phelps

Hale L. Phelps, 87, of Kingman died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 20, 1919, in Grand Ledge, Mich., to Edwin and Della Phelps.

He entered the Army in 1942 and served in Europe as a medical technician. After his discharge, he worked in Lansing, Mich., at the General Motors Plant as an inspector. In 1983, he retired to Kingman. His hobbies were leatherwork and bowling.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma; his parents; sister, Letha Phelps; and brothers, Orly and Claude Phelps. He is survived by his wife, Grace Phelps; sister, Dortha Morse; cousin, Yvonne (Paul) Clayton; three nieces and three nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4220 North Sierra Road.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in his name to KRMC Hospice, 3639 Stockton Hill Road.