SPC RYAN DAVID BAKER, U.S. ARMY
November 19, 1984 ˜ June 2, 2020
Ryan David Baker, ”Boogie”, passed away on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 after a battle with PTSD and substance abuse. He was the son of Daniel Baker of Ridgefield, WA and Mary Smith of Portland, OR.
Ryan had attended Ridgefield High School, graduating in 2003, after which he joined the Army in 2004, serving almost five years as a tank crewman and operator and serving two tours of duty in Iraq. Ryan was assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and also served with the 3rd Infantry Division during his enlistment.
SPC Ryan Baker was awarded the Army Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals and the Army Achievement Medal for his service in Iraq, along with several awards, including The National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Medal, Overseas Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, among other personal commendations and recommendations and was honorably discharged in 2009.
He recently worked for TLC Towing in Ridgefield as a dispatcher until his illness had caused him to leave his job.
Ryan had many friends and was the greatest son and friend a person could ever have, and to quote a classmate...“You were a constant, kind friend to everyone in your life, no matter what. What a joy you always were that will live in our hearts forever.”
Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jesse and Bonnie Baker of The Dalles, OR and Anna Hartnett of Vancouver, WA; uncles, SGT. David Baker, USMC, Donald Owen of Ridgefield, WA and Dennis Lang of Battle Ground, WA.
He is survived by his parents; aunts, Lorna Owen of Ridgefield, WA, Mary Ann Tate of St. George, UT, Linda Riley of The Dalles OR, Barbara Larson and Brenda Olstad of Amboy, WA; and many nieces and nephews.
Ryan will be interned in the Willamette National Cemetery when services can be resumed there, and a memorial service in Ridgefield is being planned for the near future.
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