Ernest “Ernie” Baker, Jr.

September 15, 1955 ‒ April 25, 2020

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Eat. Sleep. Hunt. Repeat. It was a formula that worked for Ernie Baker. He loved to hunt. He traveled to hunt. Elk, deer, turkey, and all kinds of wild game found themselves in Ernie’s crosshairs. To go to sleep at night, he didn’t count sheep – he counted antlers!

Ernie passed Saturday, April 25, 2020 from his rural Bellville home. He was 64.

Born Ernest Melvin Baker, Jr. on September 15, 1955 in Grayson, Kentucky to parents Ernest Baker Sr. and Shirley (Roark) Baker, he was graduated from Lucas High School in 1973.

Ernie’s first job was working with his father at Convey-All, and later took a position as a welder with Flxible in Loudonville. For the past 23 years he had worked in the shipping department of ArcelorMittal in Shelby.

He is survived by his wife Tina (Mauritz) Baker, whom he married May 26, 2007; their children Jeremy Baker of Columbus, Josh Baker of Lexington, Jared Baker of Shelby, Jeremy (Tara) Weikle of Butler, Jeb (Kendra) Weikle of Lexington, Jessica (Chris) Pummil of Centerville, Jacquie (Ryan) Francis of Shelby, and Brandon (Kaylie) Yarger of Perrysville; grandchildren Annette Baker, Ayden Baker, Andrew Baker, Jarek Baker, Hunter Weikle, Hadleigh Weikle, Eli Kulka, Zeb Weikle, J.B. Weikle, Sommer Rhine, Parker Rhine, Tate Smith, Kaden Pummil, Maddie Pummil, Raylin Francis, Layne Francis, and Bennett Yarger; siblings Sharon Baker, Jeff (Jeanette) Baker and Jeannie (Dennis) Kovinchick all of Mansfield, and Allen (Al) Baker of Columbus; father-in-law and mother-in-law Herman & Sharlene Mauritz of Paris, CA, brother-in-law John (Bonnie) Mauritz of Litchfield, MN, sister-in-law Tami Thompson of Cape Coral, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Jim Baker and Tim Baker.

The Baker family will host visiting hours Friday, May 1, 2020 at the pavilion located at 607 Honeycreek Road West in Bellville from 4-8 pm. Visiting hours will continue Saturday from 12-1 pm with his memorial service beginning at 1 pm. Social distancing guidelines will be observed both days and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating for the service.

Contributions to the OhioHealth Infusion Clinic of Richland County may be sent to the funeral home (P.O. Box 3085 Mansfield, Ohio 44904).

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  • Tina & family,
    Life is not fair at times and neither is cancer. I think about the journey Tina & Ernie were on and the support of family & friend’s.
    I know the love that was shared between them was very special it’s sad because of the loss yet I think of Ernie pain free walking with Jesus and even though the physical part is no longer here on earth he is with you all now as your guardian angel. I know he will be watching over you and sending you signs he is close.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
    May wonderful memories warm your hearts and make you smile.

  • My dear family, I am so sorry for the passing of our beloved Ernie. There are not words enough to explain the sadness that I know you were feeling. Everyone in our family shares the same loss. It comforts me to know that Ernie was a Christian, believed in Jesus Christ and I know that he is walking with Him now. He will be watching over all of you along with his brothers, his parents, Tina’s, John Mauritz’s, and my mother, Jeanne Cappadonna. Ernie is with the Saints and the Angels rejoicing in God’s glory. We will all join him when our time comes. Be comforted knowing this promise of our Lord.

  • What a fine person. He was a regular on our land during deer and turkey seasons. If all hunters were of Ernie’s caliber, there would still be hunting on our space.
    Was an honor to know him. God’s blessings for all of you.

  • Dearest Tina and family,
    My heart goes out to you. I will always remember Ernie as he was mowing the lawn and he couldn’t take his hands off the hand pedals (or whatever you call them), but he would always nod and smile, his kind, beautiful smile. He was a great neighbor to have and we treasure our friendship with Tina and the family that we have met.
    May the Lord give you peace and your memories of Ernie comfort you until you meet again.
    God bless you all,

  • To Tina and the family, in my thoughts and prayers and my condolences going oit to the family. Hugs.

  • Tina and family, I’m never good with words at these times.. but know that lots of prayers and thoughts are with you now in this time of terrible loss and grief. I believe that your beloved Ernie is still with you, just not seen in his physical body.. feel his love, as it is surely there. Know that you did everything right … that’s important .

  • So sad to hear of schoolmates passing. Knew all family from school at Lucas. Prayers for the family. Hobart Prince, Jr.

  • Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. I knew Ernie from Flexible Corporation in Loudonville. He was a very good and thoughtful person.

  • I am sure Jr. will be missed. The Baker family just keeps getting smaller, I love all of you and am so sorry for your lose of a wonderful young man. Paulette, was a Phillips and used to baby sit for some of you your cousin.