Neal Baker

June 28, 1936 ‒ November 28, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • We who share your sorrow deeply sympathize with you, for we understand
    your loss and miss your loved one too.
    We have known Neal almost all our life, and we were so sorry to hear of his passing.
    The fun times at school and at family gatherings will be remembered always.
    Herb and Margaret Litt

  • Condolences to the Baker family. We never had the pleasure of meeting Neal, but his son Tim has been our mailman for many years. Tim is a very kind, caring man and it has been a pleasure getting to know him over the years. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the coming days. May your memories bring you comfort as you gather to remember your loved one.

  • Lois and Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. Though you grieve, I rejoice that he is now in the very presence of his Savior. Praying for you in your sorrow.

  • Neal fought the good fight. He finished the race, now walking into eternity with Jesus Christ,our Savior. Sending our sympathy and prayers to all of you who loved him.

  • Tim & Lois. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. The blessing though is that he now has a body that is pain and sickness free. He is with Jesus just as my parents are along with many other loved ones that have gone on before. I will be praying for your comfort and peace during this time of sorrow & grief. Love you guys!

  • Tim, Dennis, and Scott my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your families. Neal was a big part of my life for many years. He was a great Grandfather to my boys. He will be missed.
    Debbie Driscol

  • We do not know Neal, but his son Tim is our mailman…he is such a gentleman, always makes sure we get any mail or packages,always has a kind word and a smile for us..we are sorry for the families loss, and send prayers to you all.

  • Condolences to the entire Baker family. Neil was a great guy. He drove busses full of Ontario kids every day-that takes a pretty special person to be able to handle that day in an d day out! As a teacher I had the opportunity to ride his bus on occasion for field trips. The kids always seemed love him and he loved the kids! I have a great respect for Neil. I wish for him a “forever peace”. Neil will be greatly missed by all who knew him.