James T. Baker

August 11, 1957 ‒ March 19, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

James Baker, 59, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 in his Bellville home following an extended illness.

Jim was born August 11, 1957 in Carter County, Kentucky to Ernest & Shirley (O’Roak) Baker.

Jim was always ready for a great game of golf and he was an excellent golfer. He learned how to play golf while caddying at different golf courses. Throughout his life he went on to win many caddy championships and golf tournaments at places like Hills Coolridge, Pebble Creek, The Woods, and the last year Possum Run Golf Course was open. Notably, Jim was the Richland County Men’s scratch division tournament champion in 1993.

Jim was a member of the Owls in Mansfield and Resurrection Parish in Lexington.

He is survived by his fiancée Lisa Keller of Bellville; his daughter Lyvennia (Jon) Sigler of Mansfield; granddaughter Addison Sigler; siblings Sharon Baker of Mansfield, Ernie (Tina) Baker, Jr. of Perrysville, Jeff (Janette) Baker of Mansfield, Jeanie (Denny) Kovinchick of Mansfield, and Allen Baker (Al Waddell) of Columbus; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Timothy Baker.

Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lex Ave). A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23 at Resurrection Parish (2600 Lex Ave) by Rev. Father Nelson Beaver and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: Resurrection Parish, Sacred Heart of Shelby, or the American Lung Association.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • I will miss my life long friend. I fondly remember the many rounds of golf we played together, including our trips to Maggie Valley in North Carolina and Myrtle Beach. Mostly, I’ll carry memories of his sense of humor with me always. May you Rest In Peace My Friend.

    Jerry Jones
    San Antonio

  • Always had fun playing golf with Jim. Trips to Tennessee were the most fun.Godspeed. Rod Colegrove.

  • My condolences to the family. Had a lot of fun with Jim over the years. He will be missed.