Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Baker

July 07, 1936 ‒ May 10, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: “I was in prison and you came to me… ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matt 25 ESV). Kenneth Wayne Baker served the Lord by carrying the Gospel to love-hungry inmates throughout Ohio.

A man who showed people in prison God’s love by reaching, teaching and serving, passed into the Lord’s care Thursday morning May 10, 2018 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 81.

Ken was born July 7, 1936 in Morrow County to Paul and Mary (Davis) Baker, was raised in Lexington and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1954. After a year at Milligan College in east Tennessee, he returned to Lexington and accepted the Lord and was immersed November 23, 1947 at the Lexington Church of Christ.

July 25, 1956 he married his high school sweetheart Gloria Ann Walker, and they were blessed with four sons.

He volunteered with the Troy Township Fire Department for 15 years as a firefighter, and was promoted to Lieutenant and instructor.

Ken served the Lord in many ways: as a Sunday school superintendent, deacon, and building project manager. After moving to New Life Church of Christ in Bellville, he served as a Shepherd, and on the Praise team.

Ken worked for NCR for 37 years, and later 5 years with IBM and AT&T.

In October of 1999 Ken took a Bible to a girl at Franklin County Workhouse. That simple, yet loving act, blossomed into a Prison Ministry. The next day, that single Bible became two, and within two weeks, Ken was delivering 20 Bibles. In the ensuing years, Ken delivered Bibles, Bibles studies, and wrote to inmates – even if they were relocated to different prisons. His 18 year ministry directly impacted over 2000 inmates. In August  2001, Ken was ordained as a Christian minister by the Waterford Church of Christ to serve this ministry.

He is survived by sons Jim & Ann Baker of Mundelein, IL, Clint Baker & fiancée Valorie Vincent of Spring Hill, FL, and Tim & Michelle Baker of Windermere, FL; a daughter-in-law Melody (Baker) Cole of Berryville, VA; grandchildren Emelia Baker, Rebecca Baker, Andrew & DeeDee Baker, Chelsea Baker, Simon Baker, Mary & Brad Browning, Ashley & Manuel Molion, Hillary & Oscar Torres, Hayley Baker, Brandon Baker, and Kristin Baker; great-grandchildren Reece, Rhett, Brady, and Briana; siblings Charles & Dawn Baker in Michigan, Bonnie & David Adams in Illinois and Lyle & JoAnn Baker of Mansfield.

Ken was preceded in death by his dear wife Gloria on June 4, 2017. Also previously deceased is son Raymond Baker; and sister Marilyn.

His family will receive friends 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service giving glory to God for Ken’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Friends are also invited to call the hour before the service. Pastors Pat Hartson and TJ Waters will officiate. Burial will follow in North Fork Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of Christ Prison Ministry Fund (P.O. Box 521, Bellville OH 44813) or the Lexington Church of Christ Camp Fund (230 Delaware Ave, Lexington OH 44904).

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  • Dear Baker Family:
    Our history goes back many years. We attended Lexington OH Church of Christ before we started school in Lexington Village Schools. Charles M. Baker started in first grade with me in 1944. Gloria Walker Baker also graduated with the Class of 1955 from Lexington High School. Gloria married Ken in 1956. We the Class of ’55 have been like family for low these many years.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Ken’s family. We will miss Ken. He was a good man and I am sure he has heard the words of Jesus Christ, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
    With love & prayers, Carol Wright Hager ~ Lebanon, OH

  • Jim, Clint, & Tim,

    Regina and I are saddened to hear of the passing of your father. He was kind and generous to us. I respected him for his work in the prison ministry that he devoted himself to. Our sympathies to you and your families.

    Bob & Regina Jones

  • Dear Baker Family, our condolences on your Dad’s Passing! I grew up with most of you going to Lexington and the Church of Christ! I had him insured until I retired end of 2012. I always enjoyed talking to your dad as he was always compassionate about his love for Christ and how he felt about things! Keep the good times in you hearts!

  • I didn’t know Ken very long, but he was always a joy to talk to at church. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word, even if he was not feeling well. He exuded the Lord in all he said and did. I only regret that I didn’t get a chance to know him longer, but look forward to seeing him in Heaven (of course, with great ties on!). I am sorry for your loss, family.

  • To my sweet friend! Boy, will I miss the smiles, the debates, your witt and your love! I miss you already but I know that you are with the good Lord, Gloria , Raymond , and all of your other loved ones. Someday we will all see you! Kenny, thank you for the love you bestowed upon me! You’ve been a great friend….
    Yo the Bsket family. What can I say? You have all been wonderful and great. I have an extended family now! Thank you for letting me love and take care of him. A girl couldn’t have found a better friend! Thank you for that blessing!!!!!!