Mervin E. Baker

January 04, 1931 ‒ January 07, 2012

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: As a lifetime member of The Gideons International, Mervin Baker distributed copies of God’s Word throughout the world. In so, he planted powerful seeds that God would use in His timing (1 Cor 3:6), allowed people to read the truth for themselves (John 8:32), and provided a continuing witness long after he planted the seed (Heb 4:12). The ministry of The Gideons closely reflected Mervin’s heart’s desire to be faithful to the will of God, and he was honored and privileged to represent the Christian businessmen’s organization.

The laborer’s work is over, as Mervin passed to his eternal reward Saturday morning January 7, 2012 from Liberty Health Care Center. He was 81.

Born January 4, 1931 in Ashland to Howard and E. Ruth (Hershey) Baker, he was graduated from Union High School in 1951.

He served six years with the U.S. Air Force Reserves as an Airman First Class. In 1953 he established Baker’s Collision Repair, and spent the next 40 years turning it into Mansfield’s premier automobile repair and body shop. Mervin was a member of Automobile Services Association and enjoyed racing go-karts.

A lifelong area resident, Mervin was a member of Olivesburg United Methodist Church.

He and his wife Esther enjoyed foreign travel – sampling a variety of world cultures – and for 15 years traveled to Alaska, spending time at his favorite hobby: fishing.

In addition to his wife of 60 years Esther (Adams) Baker, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law DeLee & Russell Powell of Mansfield; sons and daughters-in-law Larry & Valerie Baker of Lexington, SC, and Marvin & Judy Baker of Medina; grandchildren Russell Powell, Jr., Kim Powell, Charlie & Jeni Powell, Chris & Allyson Powell, Stephen Baker, Matthew & Elisabeth Baker, Abby Baker, Hannah Baker, Alex Baker and Grace Baker; great grandchildren Dustin Powell, James Powell, Don Powell, Dalton Powell, John Powell-Fort, Gage Powell, Ellie Powell, Addyson Powell and Dane Powell, a brother and sister-in-law Robert & Marilyn Baker of Camarillo, CA; sisters and brothers-in-law Fern Theriac of Vincennes, IN, Helen & Don Walters of Ashland, Trudie & The Rev. Dr. George Lee of Canfield, and Jean Schlabach of Oregon, OH, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant daughter Anna Baker, granddaughter Rebecca Baker, brothers and sisters Dwight Baker, Bernice Young, Cleo Young and Marion Baker.

The Baker family will receive friends Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. by his brother-in-law the Rev. Dr. George Lee. Interment will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Olivesburg.

Memorial contributions to The Gideons International or Olivesburg United Methodist Church may be made at the funeral home.

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