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Norman Paul Bakker

Male 1920 - 2008  (88 years)


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  • Name Norman Paul Bakker  [1
    Born 4 Jan 1920  Muskegon, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 42B166E4FBE942AD8EB42ED458628E8E2ADB 
    Died 17 Aug 2008  Madison, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I122  Gary and Connie Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2009 

    Father Joldert [Joseph] R Bakker,   b. 2 Apr 1878, Zeeland, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1967, Muskegan, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Aaltien [Alice] Goorman,   b. 3 Nov 1880, Tinholt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1949, Muskegan, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1900  [2
    _UID CC26CFA8637644368BC2EDC6B56C37DEF28E 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Gertrude Ruth Radtke,   b. 8 Nov 1921, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 2003, Madison, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1941 
    _UID 4FBE4CB7EEDA4E6291BA0E639C25A63FEAD4 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Norman grew up in Muskegan Michigan. When he was 18 a man at the church they attended mentioned that his niece was coming from Benton Harbor, Michigan to live with him and his wife. He was going to help the niece find a job. The man and wife was August and Wanda Rock, and the niece was 16 year old Gertrude Radtke. (Gertrude's father was Gottlieb Radtke, and Wanda was his sister). So that's how Norman and Gertrude met.

      Gertrude had to lie about her age in order to get a job. She said she was 17.

      Three years later they got married. Norman went into the service right away and after basic training down south, he got stationed at Truax Field in Madison Wisconsin. At Truax, there was a man named Dale Richtor in charge of Classification. He essentially determined the status of soldier's orders.

      He noticed the Bakker name because he was corresponding with Norman's parents. Turns out that a few years before, Norman and his parents picked up Dale hitchhiking and gave him a ride. He stayed in touch with the Bakker family to let them know how he was doing. Norman and Dale soon ran into each other on the base and became good friends.

      The significance of this relationship is far reaching. Everytime Norman's name came across Dale's desk ordering Norman overseas into the fighting of World War II, Dale "filed" the orders into the waste basket. It wasn't until about 6 months after Dale himself got transferred overseas, that Norman finally got sent. However, his luck held out. He had only just arrived in Europe when the war in Europe ended. As a result, Norman never had to shoot his gun in battle, and survived to raise his family. All because Norman and his parents picked up a hitchhiker.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jan 1920 - Muskegon, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 2008 - Madison, WI Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    NormSr 1939 Jun-2.jpg
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    19 years old in this photo.
    NormSr 1939 Jun.jpg
    NormSr 1939 Jun.jpg
    19 years old. Check out the cool shoes!
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    NormSr 1942 Oct.jpg
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    NormSr 1991.jpg
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    NormSr Gert 1945-2.jpg
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    NormSr Gert 1960e.jpg
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    NormSr Gert wedding 1941 Jun.jpg
    NormSr Gert wedding 1941 Jun.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Correspondence, Norman Bakker. Notes from interview in 2003.

    2. [S6] MI Marriages 1867-1952.