Col. Doyle D. “Pappy” Baker, 75, of Gloucester Point, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.
He entered the United States Marine Corps Aviation Cadet Program at Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant at Beeville, Texas, in 1962. He completed 243 combat missions during his two tours in Vietnam. He entered the United States Air Force through an inter-service transfer. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Medal with 20 Oak Leaf Clusters.
He was a member of the Command Barstoolers, the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, Air Force Association, Society of Wild Weasles, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and the Quiet Birdmen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Beecher Baker and Lydia Mae Guthrie Baker; brothers, James C. Baker and Robert Beecher Baker, and sisters, Edna Mae Baker, Wanda Baker and Velda Baker.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie of Gloucester Point; children, Tammy Baker Tousignant of Brea, Calif., and Mikki Baker and Jennifer Baker, both of Huntington Beach, Calif., and three grandsons.
The family received friends from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday in Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.
A full military graveside service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Family and friends may share condolences and memories at www.hoggfh.com.