James Dale “Jim” Baker

March 17, 1942 ‒ May 02, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

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.




  • To Bonnie and all of Jim’s family: We were so sorry to read of his death. May God bless you and give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dear Bonnie Dr. Sesco and I are so sorry for your loss you’re in our prayers we we pray that God will give you peace and understanding and see you through this difficult time

  • Dear Bonnie and family, May God be with you and hold you close in his loving arms at this time and in the times to come. We send you sympathy, love, and prayers.
    love, Faith and Jerry

  • I send my sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. This scripture brought me comfort when I lost a loved one and I hope it can do the same for your family. (Psalm 34:18) May God give you comfort and the strength to endure through this difficult time.

  • Kate, Bonnie, and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May God’s comfort and peace be with you during this time of sorrow. Hugs and condolences, Deb and Doug McQuillen

  • To Mr. Baker’s family I send my condolences! This man inspired me probably more than any other man in my life. He was my track and cross country coach. He spoke and I listened. Total respect. May God bless!

    • Thanks, Jerry for taking the time to comment. It’s so nice to hear from his former students that he might have made a difference. Thank you!

  • My deepest sympathies to Mr. Baker’s family. As a 1972 graduate, I was lucky enough to have Mr. Baker as a teacher for two English classes, as a coach for basketball and cross country – and as a friend. He expected a lot from us and pushed us hard, but he was fair and treated us as adults, not kids. He joked with us and never seemed to lose his temper, no matter how badly we screwed up (and it was a lot!) Over the years, when people asked me who my favorite teacher was, I always described Mr. Baker. I was blessed with a successful college and business career, both of which were aided greatly by his guidance, knowledge, patience and friendship. He definitely made a positive difference in my life and I will always remember him fondly and gratefully for that. Thank you to his family for sharing him with countless young people like myself. God bless you.