Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Baker
July 07, 1936 ‒ May 10, 2018
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).
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ken’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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