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Sept. 28, 1961 — May 23, 2015

Kelly James Baker, 53, of Albany passed away Saturday, May 23.

Kelly was born in Lebanon to Larry Baker and Judith (Pruitt) Baker-Tilley. He attended school in Jefferson, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1980. After graduation, he moved to Alaska to work in construction with his father. He moved back to Jefferson in 1985 and established his own business, Kelly Baker Construction. He married Robin Reineccius on Dec. 30, 1989. Together they built their dream home in Albany where the family still lives. They have two children, Brittany Baker, 20, of Corvallis and Brendan Baker, 17, of Albany. He continued his successful business until the time of his death. He and his wife, Robin, also owned and managed Jefferson Self Storage and many rental homes in the area.

Kelly was an avid outdoorsman. He spent many weekends sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River and hunting in Eastern Oregon. He also cherished many trips to Alaska, fishing with his brother, Rick.

Kelly was preceded in death by his father, Larry Baker.

He is survived by his loving wife, Robin, daughter Brittany, son Brendan, mother Judy Baker-Tilley and husband Glen of Jefferson; brothers Rick and wife Leslie of Kodiak, Alaska, Cory Baker and wife Lisa of Jefferson, and Monte Baker and wife Jodi of Salem; and step-mother Elizabeth DeFant of Albany. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 29, at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to SafeHaven Humane Society.

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