Francis J. Baker

January 11, 1916 ‒ April 29, 2009

Perrysville, Ohio

PERRYSVILLE: Francis J. Baker, 93, of Perrysville, passed away on Wednesday morning April 29, 2009 in Colonial Manor Health Care Center following a brief illness.

Francis, the son of Carl and Mabelle (Dunlap) Baker, was born on January 11, 1916 on the family farm in Weller Township, Richland County.

He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1933, and proudly served in the US Army during WWII. In 1948 Francis graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agronomy.

Francis worked for the State of Ohio Soil Conservation Service for 12 years before taking a position with the US Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. He retired in 1975.

He built his own house in Plymouth, Michigan where he resided for 32 years before moving back to Mansfield in 1998.

Most recently he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield, and also a member of the Plymouth Methodist Church, the Plymouth Optimist Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Ann Arbor Camera Club.

In his spare time Francis loved studying family history dedicating several years to researching and writing his own genealogy books. He also enjoyed photography and was an avid antique glass collector. Francis often tended to his garden and found beauty hiking in the natural landscapes of the western United States.

Francis is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Diane and Edward Fead of Dexter, Michigan and Bonnie and Victor Warren of Woodacre, California; three grandchildren Louis and Derek Fead and Colin Warren; sister Mildred Blaney of Mansfield; brother Eugene Baker of Lakewood, Colorado; friend Doris Browning of Perrysville.

Francis was preceded in death by his loving wife Verance (Beringer) Baker who passed away on February 3, 1995, as well his parents.

The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the Baker family with arrangements.

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