FARGO — William Claude Baldwin, 95, of Fargo, passed away Monday morning, March 10, 2014, at Bennington Glen in Marengo.
He was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Cedar Bluff, Va., to the late John M. and Sara (McGurie) Baldwin. He attended the Freewill Baptist Church, was a lifetime member of the Marengo American Legion Post, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He had lived in the Marengo area since 1952 coming from Tazewell, Va. He was retired from Ranco in Delaware as a laborer in 1984 with 31 years of service, and then went on to work pumping gas and a couple of days a week at Westfield Tooling.
Claude was an easygoing delightful person always with a smile on his face and an offer of a piece of candy. Claude would do anything for anybody, and was an honest and trustworthy guy. He collected fountain pens and enjoyed gardening, canning, hunting and fishing. He loved to do word search puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. After his wife went into the nursing home, he continued the tradition of fried chicken dinners on Sunday and the family was expected to be there to enjoy the food and time spent together. He loved his canine companion, Tippy.
He is survived by daughters, Carolyn Baldwin of Delaware, and Ida Kinder of Marengo; son, Theodore (Linda) Baldwin of Mount Gilead; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and special friend and roommate, Bob Pickett.
Preceded in death by his wife, Eva Mae (Whitt) Baldwin on March 16, 2012, and they were married Dec. 5, 1945, in Grundy, Va.; brothers, Joseph E., Henry and Paul; and a sister, Laura Osborne.
Friends may call Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Greg Rice officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Fargo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.
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