Arlen Ransom Baker

Arlen Ransom Baker

Arlen Ransom Baker fought long and hard against persistent pneumonia resulting from cancer. He lost the battle on March 27, 2018 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington, and went to join family who were waiting for him.

Arlen was born in Moundsville, West Virginia, on May 13, 1940. He moved with his parents, Eugene R. Baker and Fleta V. Baker, to Ione, Washington, in 1950. It didn’t take long for Arlen to realize the North Pend Oreille County would always be his home.

Arlen loved and respected people. It was very rare to hear him say anything negative about someone. He hated hurtful gossip, bullying, and name calling. He believed he was here to help and serve others. He joined the Navy and served our country for eleven years, mostly in the engine rooms of Aircraft Carriers. He served his town for many years as a council member and as mayor. To help those he worked with he served in their union on both the local and state level. He tolerated his wife’s life-long habit of taking in any kind of animal and he graciously learned to take care of dogs, cats, birds, lizards, and horses. And his all-time favorite was to take in foster children to hopefully give a hurt or lost child a chance to heal.

Arlen was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Fleta, his father and mother-in-law whom he viewed as parents, William and Rosemary Leonard, and a loved brother-in-law, William Coates. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janie, of Ione and his son Daniel of Spokane. He is also survived by in-law brothers and sisters whom he always thought of as his own siblings. They include Ed and Jacque Leonard of Spokane Valley, Nancy Coates of Hollister, California, and Alan and Penny Leonard of Snyder, Colorado. He also loved numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Ione Congregational Church on Saturday, April 7, at 2 p.m.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247