Thomas R. Baker

December 23, 1948 ‒ February 03, 2009

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Thomas R. Baker, “Just Tom Baker,” 60, of Delaware Street, Lexington passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a month long illness.

He was born December 23, 1948 in Galion to Robert S. and Kathryn “Katy” (Ness) Baker and attended Lexington High School.

The mlitary was a very large part of Tom’s life. A U.S. Navy veteran Tom served during Vietnam for three years, before entering the naval reserves. He was a very active member of Robert L. Castor Post #5101 VFW, serving as post commander from 1990-1991, as well as the current commander the past five years. He was also a member of American Legion Post 754, Johnsville. Tom took pride in being part of the annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

On April 24, 1976 he married Charlotte Trowbridge and together they made their home in Lexington.

Tom worked for Garber Materials, Roberts Oil, and Walker Brothers, trucking, hauling, and operating heavy equipment. For the past two years he was working for Ohio Farm Systems. Though it was his job, he enjoyed playing with the large equipment. Tom never turned down the opportunity to help a friend with a project or farming, even if it meant that things would go undone at his own home.

A lifelong area resident, Tom knew practically everyone. In fact, sometimes he was referred to as “Talkin’ Tom”. A regular “Decker Head,” in his spare time, Tom could be found at the Lexington hangout with a fresh cup of joe in hand shootin’ the bull and telling lies with his buddies, or even strangers.

Tom took the time to enjoy life’s simple things as well. He was a candy junkie, especially anything chocolate, and couldn’t stand to go without his mother’s home cooking. With a quick sense of humor, he was ceaselessly cracking a joke, and cutting up. You had to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on Tom!

But above all these things Tom dearly cherished his family. Whether it was gatherings with his immediate family, or getting the whole gang together, spending quality time with them brought his heart great joy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years Charlotte Baker of Lexington, three children and their spouses Scott and Shari Baker of Mansfield, James Baker of Lexington, Leslie and Jason Saxton of Lexington, four grandchildren Elizabeth and Christopher Culler, Lilliaunna Hunter, and Trinity Saxton, foster sons Bryon Shutt and Harvey Byler, brother Kenny Baker of Des Moines, Iowa, sister and brother-in-law Wanda and Bill Swick of North Robinson, brother and sister-in-law John and Diane Baker of Columbus, sister and brother-in-law Kay Carter-Finn and Bob Finn of Kansas City, Kansas, numerous loved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family, along with dear friends too abundant to list.

He was preceded in death by two cousins William G. Baker, Jr., and Wilma Baker Brewer, and his mother-in-law Vivian Hollingsworth.

Friends may call Friday, February 6, 2009 from 3-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 11 am. Pastor Dave Smith will officiate, and burial with military honors conducted by Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to assist with medical expenses may be made to the Tom Baker Memorial Fund at the funeral home.