June 28, 1936 ‒ November 28, 2017
MANSFIELD: Neal Baker’s life road took him down Hard Work Boulevard, Hard Knocks Avenue, and Heartbreak Alley. They were ventures that molded a man with a strong work ethic.
Neal’s life road led him to Celestial Way late Tuesday evening November 28, 2017 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 81.
Born June 28, 1936 in Fredericktown to parents Glenn G. and Mary E. (Anderson) Baker, he was graduated from Johnsville High School in 1954. Neal served with the US Marine Corps.
At age 15 he began working as a hired-hand, it was foundational for his work ethic. Neal worked 34 years with The Tappan Stove Company in sub-assembly, drove school bus 26 years for Ontario Schools, and operated his own business: Baker’s Upholstery, 32 years out of his home. When Tappan’s closed he went to full-time driving bus, and after retiring, served 11 years in building maintenance for Community Baptist Bible Church, before driving eight years livery for funeral homes. Neal had always worked!
An avid hunter, Neal was a member of Mansfield Baptist Temple.
He is survived by three sons Tim (Lois) Baker of Mansfield, Dennis (Lauran) Baker of Bellville, and Scott (Cathy) Baker of Mansfield; a stepson Dave (Becky) Metzger of Ontario; grandchildren Vince Wagner, Christian (Kari) Baker, Brooke (Andrew Myers) Baker, Denny (Lisa) Baker, Danielle Baker, Derek (Jessica) Metzger, and David (Kendra) Metzger; great grandchildren Lillie Baker, Zane Baker, McKenzie Baker, Wyatt Baker, Zoe Dailey, Zada Dailey, Hadlee Burghard, Parker Metzger, Kalinn Au, Brayden Metzger, Zachary Metzger and Grayson Metzger; his brother Dale E. (Ruth) Baker of Johnsville; and a cherished friend Elsie DeMarinis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Matt Wagner.
The Baker family would like to give a special thank you to the Richland County Kidney Center doctors and staff, Dr. Sinha and the nurses and staff of 4 N. Tower.
The Baker family will receive friends Monday, December 4, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring Neal will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. His son Tim Baker will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to Richland County Kidney Center may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Baker Family. Send them a message of support online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com