William “Bill” Baker, Sr.
February 08, 1927 ‒ July 25, 2012
LEXINGTON- A perfectionist, Bill Baker was meticulous, especially when it came to carpentry. Bill used the best lumber from his land including maple, walnut and cherry. He was thoughtful in all of his projects often giving his completed work to family and friends.
On Wednesday, July 25, 2012 William “Bill” Baker, Sr., of Lexington passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85.
Bill was born February 8, 1927 in Lexington the son of John and Mae (West) Baker. On March 29, 1945 he married his high school sweetheart Ilene Camp.
In the 1960’s Bill began the operation of Baker Excavating. Following his retirement, Bill devoted more of his time to carpentry. No project to large, Bill once crafted 23 washstands for his children, grandchildren family.
Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed either working in his vegetable garden, fishing, or caring for his goats and ducks.
He was a member of Lexington First Congregational Church, Bellville Masonic lodge #376 where he was past master. Bill was a member of the Iron Will Tractor Club and was previously a Troy Township Trustee.
Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years Ilene (Camp) Baker of Lexington; daughter Deb Hill of Lexington; grandchildren Jeremy (Allison) Hill, Christy (Vince) Petulla, Greg (Stacie) Oyster, Beth (Sean) Merkle, and Emma and Max Baker; 12 great grand children; son-in-law Rollin Brewer of Mt. Gilead; daughter-in-law Darla Baker of Lexington; sisters Carol Greer and Etta Wiley; sister-in-law Helen Cottrill; brother-in-law Forest (Isabel) Camp; special nephew Jerry Baker; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his daughters Wilma Brewer and Tricia Robinson; son William “Bill” Baker, Jr.; grandson Bryan Brewer; brothers Robert, Clarence, Ralph, and Dale Baker; sister Thelma Campbell.
The Baker family will receive friends Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 2-5 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 am. Pastor David Smith will officiate and burial will be in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice or Lexington First Congregational Church may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com