Donald F. Baker

March 03, 1935 ‒ March 09, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Donald F. Baker, 83, of Galion passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Lewis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Medical Center, Cleveland after an extended illness.

He was born March 3, 1935 in Hazard, Kentucky as was the son of Farmer and Bodie (Campbell) Baker. Donald is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Ann (Whitlow) Baker whom he met at a church in Washington, D.C.

Donald was a 1954 graduate of Hamilton High School and later attended culinary school. He proudly served his country in the United States Army where he met Elvis. Don worked as a chef for the Jolly Green Giant Restaurant in Chicago and moved to Galion where he bought Jerry’s Colonial Restaurant. During his 33 years of owning Jerry’s, he changed the name to Jerry’s Americana Café and Don would sell the business in 2006. While owning Jerry’s he and Joyce owned the Heritage Inn on the square.

He attended Gospel Baptist Church in Galion, and was a past member of the Galion Rotary Club and past board member of the Galion Community Center. Don loved horses and would travel with his horses and family to different horse shows around the country. He also enjoyed buying and selling antiques and going to auctions.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Collette (Norm) Mease of Galion and Donna Joy Baker Florida; son Kevin (Jenny) Baker of Owensboro, Kentucky; 13 grandchildren and one expected; one great-grandchild; brothers Farmer Baker of Cleveland, Glen “Duke” (Susan) Baker of Hamilton and Saul (Sue) Baker of San Diego, California and a sister Fay Croucher of Hamilton.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister and four brothers.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 16 with Pastor Steven Hodges and Rev. Paul Walter officiating. Interment will be in the Mausoleum of Fairview Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Baptist Church or Grace Point in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Don Baker, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • Mr Baker or Pappy as I later addressed him by was a huge mentor in why i began my journey in food service. Allowing me to see the front lines at a young age then taking the time to answer questions I had about food, service and what it takes to survive such a roller coaster career. I learned to love this man for all the love I saw shown to him knowing that it was shown to them first by him. Always an honor standing in the same room with Pappy. Will be an honor to share that same room with him again one day. Love you Pappy. Rest well

  • Joyce and Baker Family, Our prayers are with you at this sad time. We enjoyed our visits with Don at Millcreek and Heaven is rejoicing on his homecoming. With prayers and sympathy.

  • May you Rest In Peace Uncle Don. Our prayers are with you Aunt Joyce, Donna, Kevin and Collette, and Family. Kim (Baker) and Doug Brown, and Family

  • We are so sorry. Many wonderful memories of dinner at Jerry’s Restaurant. Don was always so pleasant. He went through a lot physically. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

    Dreama and Loyd Caudill
    Cara and Joe Pfeiffer

  • To the Baker family, so sad to hear of your loss,I will never forget Mr. Bakers kindness and his zest ! He was a great man!

  • I worked for “Mr. Baker” at Jerry’s ’84-’85. It was a fun place to work and the locals were great. I loved the atmosphere and my co-workers. “Mr. Baker” ran a tight ship and treated his staff with great respect. It was good getting to know the family while working there as well. My deepest sympathy to you all. He will be missed.

  • I am the grandson of Donald, it is an honor to be named after Don. Grandpa loved his family,friends, customers,and employees. We all loved him. I just want to thank the funeral home for a beautiful service. I also want to thank the veterans for a beautiful tribute to my grandparents. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate my grandpa’s life.