Ira B. Baker II



Master Gunnery Sergeant Ira Benner Baker II, USMC Retired, 61, of Fredericksburg quietly passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by the love of family and friends, hand in hand with his wife Aimee.

Ira was born in Kinston, North Carolina but grew up in Cedaredge, Colorado where he gained a love of the outdoors and a yearning for adventure. He entered the United States Marine Corps upon graduating high school and served in various conflicts and operations as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic, a CH-46 Helicopter Crew Chief, Maintenance Supervisor and direct involvement with HMM-161 and HMM-265 throughout his 30 years of distinguished service to this nation. Ira’s most memorable periods came during his time with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 and also while stationed with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1). His decorated career reached its pinnacle when he was nominated and served as the Aviation Maintenance Chief of the Marine Corps with Headquarters, Marine Corps, Aviation. A true patriot and friend, Ira lived a passionate life committed to helping others as evidenced by the way he lived and those he touched. His presence was widely felt by countless individuals throughout this career and continued into retirement. He actively pursued many hobbies to include French and Indian War reenactments, was a passionate history buff, enjoyed wood working, tractors and farm equipment, motorcycles, firearms collecting and had a true genuine love for animals. Ira had a contagious smile and a spontaneous sense of humor that never failed to invoke laughter from everyone present. He will always be admired and loved by many.

Survivors include his wife, Aimee Leigh Wilson Baker; daughter Samantha E. Baker; son Nicholas A. Baker; grandson Eric M. Rich III; stepson Josh Wilson; and siblings Randa Baker, Camille Ulasik, John Jeffress, Linda and Tony. He was preceded in death by his parents Ira B. Baker and Daisy Elizabeth King Jeffress; and angel baby Ian J. Baker.

The family will receive family, friends and colleagues from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 21 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pet Paws and Perks, LLC, 11911 Woodland View Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.