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Charles H. Baker

March 17, 2023 | 2 comments

Charles Herbert Baker, age 87, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2023.

On June 4, 1935, Charles was born to Frances Helen Gartland and Charles Herbert Baker in La Crosse, WI. He married Suzanne Pauline Tougas on December 22, 1962, in Groton, CT. They had two beautiful daughters, Lisa and Katherine.

Upon completion of Training School and graduation from Central High School, Charles then attended La Crosse State University and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Charles served in the US Navy for 26 years, eventually achieving the rank of Commander qualified in submarines. His career included work with NATO and Task Force Operations as well as two tours of duty in Scotland, one as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy.

He was an avid reader and active member of the Thomas Book Group, often mailing his favorite literary finds to his daughter Lisa. Among his other hobbies were goose and deer hunting, scuba diving, playing tennis (he was once an umpire at Wimbledon), playing bridge, fishing, and spending time with his granddaughters.

He is survived by his former spouse Suzanne, daughter Lisa Kirkpatrick (William), granddaughters Ailey and Keira, and very special friend Betsy Goodnough.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Katherine, his parents, and sister Carolyn Baker.

Charles was a big man who lived a big life and faithfully protected and served his family and country. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, 18th of April 2023 at 10:00 am at Christ Episcopal Church, 111 9th St North, La Crosse, WI followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery to follow the service.



  1. Wendy Martin

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Patricia Marple

    My condolences go out to my dear friend, Lisa, and her family. From reading Mr. Baker’s obituary, it is obvious that he had a wonderful and active life. May you look back on the many precious moments you shared together and find peace.


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