James Dale “Jim” Baker
March 17, 1942 ‒ May 02, 2018
MANSFIELD: James Dale “Jim” Baker, 76, of Mansfield, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born March 17, 1942 in Mansfield, Jim was the son of Wayne and Mabel (Gleason) Baker. He graduated from Bellville High School in 1960, and continued his education at Heidelberg University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He was a member of Sigma Tau Nu, Tower Men, and the H-Association. He later graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Master’s Degree, also in English.
Jim retired from teaching at Vermilion High School, where he served as English Department Chair and coached basketball, track, and cross country. An avid fisherman and boater, Jim loved to spend time on the water. He lived for many years with the peace and beauty of Lake Erie and Candlewood Lake right outside his front door. He had a big heart and was a great source of support for many.
Jim is survived by his wife Bonnie (Lang) Baker of Mansfield; daughter Christina (Nick) Brashear of Round Rock, Texas and Katherine (Greg) King of Lucas; grandchildren Zach, Alex, Molly, Emily, Violet, and Doren; special aunt Jean Heilman, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Jim Baker will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 26, 2018 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where contributions to OhioHealth Hospice may be made. Online condolences to Jim’s family may be made by visiting SnyderFuneralHomes.com.