Kent Raymond Baker

December 02, 1985 ‒ June 02, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Kent Raymond Baker, 35 of Marion, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021 to a tough long battle against cancer.

Kent graduated from the Marion Harding High School in 2004. After high school he completed training at the Marion Police Academy where he went on to become a Sheriff’s Deputy at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department where he was dedicated to protecting his county.

In 2012 he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Jeanie Dice, together they had a true fairytale love story. In December of 2013 Jeanie birthed their 1st child, Hunter Raymond Baker. This led to a career change to allow Kent to better his family’s lives. He went on to work for Columbia Gas for the next 7 years. In 2017 Kent and Jeanie joyfully welcomed their daughter Hinzley Ann Baker into the world. Kent was a devoted and loving husband, father and son. His life revolved solely on providing for his wife and their children and giving them the world. In his free time he enjoyed spending it with his family. If he couldn’t do it with his family together he didn’t want to do it at all. He was the true definition of a family man. Kent will always be remembered for his endless and devoted love to his family and friends and for his compassion to help and guide others.

Kent is survived by his devoted wife Jeanie Baker; their children: Hunter Raymond and Hinzley Ann Baker; his parents Buzz and Missy (Shirk) Baker, Jr.; parents-in-law: Jayna and Kenny Dice; grandparents: Larry and Phyllis Shirk and Kenny and Dorothy Baker; siblins-in-law: Jamie Cooper, Jesse Dice, Jenny Dice; nephew of: Ed and Linnea Velasquez, Eric and Julie Shirk, LoAnn and Mike Burgess and Lori Kramp; also surviving are numerous cousins and a host of friends.

Visitation will be Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Marion Naz, 233 W Church St, Marion, from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Saturday at the church at 11AM with Dr. Steve Estep officiating; burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to serve the Baker family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • I’ll love you forever Kent. The kids and I miss you so much. Hinzley keeps asking about you. Asking if she can call you since you are with God. Hunters heart hurts so bad. I know you will continue to protect us and watch over us from heaven. I long for the day I get to see you again but for now I’ll continue doing what you always told me i did best. Being a mom to our sweet babies. I will protect them like you did and I will ALWAYS make sure they always remember how much you loved them.
    I love you B.

    • Jeanie, you probably won’t remember me but I took care of Kent when he first got diagnosed. I remember how strong willed he was for his kiddos when I talked to him while wheeling him out. I have continue to think of you all since that day and I will continue to pray for you and your children. I am so sad to hear. Know that there are tons of people you may not know that are praying and lifting you up during this very, very difficult time and those to come.

    • Jeanie,
      I’ve been thinking of you, the kids, Missy and Buzz everyday since I heard. Kent was a great man. I’m truly sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for your beautiful family.

  • This is a tough one for sure.
    What a remarkable, outstanding,
    Genuine, dedicated man. A true friend to my family and a pain in my hindend, funny, always playing jokes on me Friend. You will be missed Kent Baker.
    My sincere condolence to his family!

  • My father once told me, the best compliment you can give a guy is to say he’s a good man. Kent was a very good man and he will sure be missed. We love you!

  • I’m so sorry for this family’s loss! I‘ve known so many of you from many years past and I can’t imagine your pain! God bless this mans family and friends! My thoughts and prayers are for you!

  • My son caught his 1st fish in your pond, Kent taught
    my boy how to play ball. Kent meant a lot to me and my family. He always was such a great man! His sense of humor couldn’t be beat, always quick on his feet. Such a good daddy, loved his family so much! You fought so long Kent, so proud of you ! You will never be forgotten ❤

  • We will forever miss you! We love you!
    Fly high Kent!
    You were such a Great family man who gave his All.
    We will always remember you in this Life:)

  • Although I didn’t know Kent personally, everything I’ve read which has been told about him as a Husband, Father, Worker and Citizen says it All. Our prayers are with all his family and Friends.

  • We have watched our little Kent grow up through childhood antics and high school orneriness to a loving husband and father. He was a great neighbor and true friend. We love you all so much. Kent will always be in our hearts. His love for his family was fierce and so real. We are so blessed to have been in his life. Jeanie, you are a blessed woman to have had his undying love and affection. Hunter and Hinzley, your daddy loved you beyond everything. He will forever remain in your hearts. We are always here for you all; Rosewood family forever.

    Joe Dawn Brandon and Shana

  • My thoughts and prayers are going out to Kent’s family. I know he must have been a great man. Hold onto the memories. Buzz, Linnea, and Eric sending much love your way.

  • I never met Kent, but I met many of his family at the hospital…May you all find peace in the memories. So sorry for your loss!

    I never knew you
    but watched from afar
    as your family held on
    to the part of you
    that fought so hard
    to stay and love

    your children
    are a blessing
    joy and passion
    in precious packages
    that will live on
    well grounded
    in your love

    the loss
    cut deep
    leaving lines and creases
    on the faces
    of your wife and folks
    so hard to let go

    but somehow
    people always seem to know
    when the time is right
    to set their sights
    on that gentle night
    and leave the world behind

    your love lives on
    your dreams and ideals
    are not mere random acts
    but solid
    like facts
    and signposts
    that lead the way for others
    for our children
    and our lovers
    our cousins
    and our mothers
    and all ones we’ll never know
    who stood by watching
    to lean into love
    to offer grace
    to embrace the stranger
    and to place themselves
    on the side of truth

    I never knew you
    but I recognize the fullness of your love

    for kent©jgUnderhill wtHS 6/6/21

  • Many great laughs and stories to tell. But above all the best memories were us just getting together for dinner with the kids and just hanging out and listening to you just talk shit…lol.. you were an amazing friend, husband and dad and I really just can’t grasp why things have to happen this way. Even though I was just a tad older than you guys. I looked up to the relationship and family life you guys had. You guys were the ultimate couple, the couple who always gave me hope in a world where you just don’t see perfect anymore. You guys were perfect❤ you will be so missed and never forgotten

  • Thank you for being the Best of the Best!
    You made loving you so easy, our hearts are broken and life will never be the same.
    So blessed, proud, and honored you are our son. Thank you for being you. We love you, until we meet again. 💞

    • Missy, this is Susan (Tyree) Hall, words can’t express our pain for you and Buzz, his wife and especially his children. Time does make things easier, but he will always be there with you 💜

  • So sorry to hear this, we will miss seeing you in the neighborhood. Sending prayers and Love to your family. ❤️ 🙏. Maureen and Jeff Diehl.

  • Kent was truly was one of the most perfect friends he would do anything for anyone. Shy would always yell across the street when he got home yelling hi Kent in the sweetest little voice and he would always yell back hi Shy. Kent and Jeanie was the most perfect couple. I will never forget our boat ride with all of you. So glad I took pictures. This truly is one of the hardest things for me to get ahold of. I will never forget you Kent Baker.

  • No words can express how sorry we are Jeanie, Hunter, Hinzley, Missy, and Buzz. We are so blessed that we had Kent woven into our lives in many ways. His smile, heart, strength, and genuine concern for others was contagious. We will forever be changed and better for knowing him. Our friendship will carry on because of Kent’s enthusiasm for us to all be friends. What a blessing he gave us. He will continue to weave us all together even though he is not physically here; then one glorious day we will all be present together again with Kent. We will miss him terribly until then. Hugs & Prayers

  • Jeanie and Little Ones, My heart is heavy with sadness for you ! There are no words to comfort you for such a unbelievable timing in Kent’s death 💔 I pray for your strength to carry you through this horrific time !

  • We knew you both as neighbors and always believe you were the perfect couple. To us you were the true prince and princess, and like Kent and Barbie, which Dave always called you. You both are very good friends who treated everyone with kindness. It broke our hearts when we found out Kent passed. Our hearts hurt for Jeanie and the children immediately. Know he will be with you all forever in your memories and in your heart until the day you are reunited. Love and prayers to you all. God bless you. Dave and Viv Akers

  • I’m very sorry for the loss of a great father to the children that Kent clearly loved most, along with his wife Jeanie. I also feel for Missy and Buzz, they did raise a boy to become the man, the great father and person that Kent was. I hope that you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • To “MY KENT” (as I always referred you as), I met you when you were born. I watched (as a friend and as a sitter), grow up to be a Super Son, Super Friend/Brother to my daughters Amy and Ashley, Super Man, Super Hubby , Super Daddy and My Super Hero!! You fought Kancer (spelled wrong to piss it off!)…you fought hard Kent! You would laugh at your Mom and me being detectives in the neighborhood, but there will never be another “Watch Dog in the Woods” like you buddy…I always felt safe knowing you had an ear and an eye out AT ALL TIMES! (even while you were supposed to be sleeping) I hope to be part of your Spirit that will show us your still watchin out…Love you Kent Raymond Baker! Hold your sweet family tight! They are precious and missing you! You’ll never be forgotten for sure!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss 😔 I loved him he was always a great kid I remember him hanging out with my kids sending prayers and hugs for the family.

  • Sending our condolences to all who loved and cherished Kent. Buzz and Missy, can’t imagine the pain and loss your going through. Hopefully you can find peace knowing Kent is with Jesus, whole, no more pain and suffering. What a great guy. Prayers for you all
    John & Cindy Cocherl

  • We forget as we live our lives that life is finite; sometimes it ends too soon and we cannot understand why. I pray that your family will be surrounded with love and support as they endure this. I pray your little ones will grow up knowing that their dad loved them very much and want to be just like him. Lord, please wrap Your arms around his family and let them lay their grief and sorrow on You. I will always have a memory of the little neighborhood kid who just couldn’t get enough of those snoopy snow cones.

  • To Kent’s family,
    Ron and I were so very Sorry to hear of his Passing.
    We remember the super cute little Boy that Cori would
    Babysit from time to time ..He loved Ron’s chicken and
    Would ask him “Mr. Akers when are you going to make
    Some more fried Chicken?” After we moved from the neighborhood,
    We missed seeing Kent grow up, get Married and have a family..
    But we would hear from friends what an Amazing man,Husband and
    father he became ..
    Our Heartfelt condolences to his Wife, Children, Parents,Grandparents,
    And all who Loved him .
    Fly High Sweet Boy ! I’m Sure you will be watching over your Loved Ones ….

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Jeanie. Kent was truly the epitome of a great man. I still remember the day I was out fishing and had to make a stop on the side of the road on the way home and a sheriff car pulled up and I was so nervous…..It was Kent and he was laughing and told me was trying to do the same. We had many a conversation that night and I’ll never forget his laughter and outlook on life. He will truly be missed by all. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family, as you navigate this difficult time.

  • To Kent family I know what it is like to lose a son one you raised to be a man and whom have children I went to the cemetary today to redo his grave so hard to get over so much hurt and pain Heath went with me it hurts him too as I sat there I thought of Kent and how much you would go through Kent was a good person him and Heath used to talk and exchange stories on life it hard for Heath too he lost a good friend I feel for his children and beautiful wife most of all I feel for missy and buzz I hope you will continue to pray for each other god bless you

  • I remember Kent as Buzzes boy. I never new him as a he developed into his manhood. Since I moved away from Marion.But if he was half as a gentleman as his Dad, he must of been a very fine young man. Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  • I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Kent.
    I remember the first time I met Kent. I told him how great an athlete Buzz was at Elgin. I filled Kent in on my views that Buzz kicked as good as the Cleveland Browns punter, had an arm that made Buzz a very good quarterback, and as a defensive back could hit as hard as anybody else I knew. I am not so sure that Kent was aware of those facts.
    Kent was a very good person. A handsome young man. From my couple of times talking to Kent, he seemed to me to be a strong but gentle caring person. I can see by reading the condolences, Kent was well-loved by many.
    When we LOVE we open ourselves up to great PAIN.
    I pray that GOD will help ALL of you who miss Kent in this world.
    For in this universe, I believe Kent has moved to the next dimension we call HEAVEN.

  • My heart breaks for you all. I hope and pray you can find some peace. Kent was a great kid with some great parents so it’s no surprise he turned out to be a great man and father.

  • I was truly shocked tobread this 😭 Kent was such a funny man and neighborhood watch dog. I loved to walk at night ..he always came out to make sure all was good.Prayers for peace and comfort to all who loved him 🙏

  • We are so sorry. Our hearts break for Jeanie and Hunter and Hinzley, and Missy and Buzz. We can’t image the pain you are going through. Kent was a great guy. Always had a smile . We can remember him coming over to see Jeremy ( I always said he was like Jeremy’s little brother) and he would joke with Tom. He got the best of him at times, which Tom loved joking with him. The laughter he would bring. He will never be forgotten. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️

    Tom and Sharon Bice

  • Buzz and Missy,
    We were so sorry to hear of Kent’s passing. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family.

  • Buzz… My heart bleeds for you… A child should never pass before a parent… I am praying God will give you healing during this time of sorrow… Prayers

  • You know,I’ve heard everything happens for a reason from somewhere I’m not sure where, however I would love to know the reason why something like this happens to such a good person and family, such a hard worker a very good provider and extremely good friend.

    I didn’t know you as much as I wanted to but…I knew before I met you in person and I talk to you on the phone for the first time that you were one good solid dude through and through … You always took your time out when I called (even though your dodge pulled my Ford out of the mud) and after everything got settled,I did the same for you. There’s a lot of hearts that has got a K shaped chunk missing and I promise you that I will continue to ask Beckie if your mom and dad and your family ever needs anything,and if they do I will be there in a heartbeat just like you was for me and my family. I’m a better dude cuz I had the lottery chance of knowing you bud.
    I hope you don’t get to annoyed when I talk to ya up there because I have and I will …
    That being said….
    Until we meet again..Rest In Peace my friend

  • Buzz & Missy
    So saddened to learn of Kent’s passing. Kent was a model child growing up. He was the most friendly kid in the whole neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
    Larry & Mary

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