Orville "Bud" Bakeman died peacefully on July 19 at age 93. He leaves behind many who loved him.
Bud was born on May 11, 1926, in White Pigeon, Mich. Upon graduation from high school he joined the Navy in 1944, and then earned an engineering degree from Michigan State. He met his future wife Marian while at college.
Bud entered the Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, serving as a radar technician, and was stationed on a ship in Honolulu at the conclusion of WWII. He began his career as an electrical engineer at GE conducting pioneering work in television, and gradually transitioning into military radar systems. He held six laser patents with GE and finished his career working on the Over the Horizon radar system.
He was the last man to wear a bowtie and a pocket protector. A lifelong hunter, dog lover, and fisherman, he became a part-time farmer after retiring. He always maintained that retirement was the best decision he ever made, because it allowed him to get to know his grandchildren Delia, Kalia, and Zoe.
He volunteered with the Gideons for many years, was an active supporter of the Rescue Mission, and a loyal congregant of Trinity Fellowship. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donating to one of these fine non-profits.
Predeceased by his wife Marian, His family includes daughter Lynn Bakeman of Syracuse; son Mark (Sharleen) Bakeman of Olympia Wash.; their daughter Delia Bakeman (Tom Samblanet) of Westborough, Mass.; son James (Rebecca) Bakeman of St. Louis, Missouri; and daughter Julia (Aki) Toumasis and their daughters Kalia and Zoe Toumasis of Long Beach, Calif.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 22 from 4-7 pm at Burns-Garfield Funeral Home, 3175 East Genesee St. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10 am at Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Ave Syracuse NY 13210