Albert “Bud” Baker, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 18, 2016 at Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania, OH. He was born January 12, 1933 to Albert and Ursula (Langenderfer) Baker in Metamora, OH in a farmhouse the same house he has resided in his entire life. He attended Metamora High school and graduated with the class of 1951.a
He met the love of his life, Barbara (Hausfeld) Baker of Berkley, MI, through a Corda Club dance aand they married on January 14, 1967. They have always shared a passion for dancing and were dancing up until the last year of his life at weekly dances in Deshler, OH. People always knew Bud by his friendly outgoing personality and a broad smile that radiated happiness.
Bud is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Christina (Baker) McDaniel (Mitchell Kazmaier) and David Baker (Andrea Fultz), granddaughters Lauren and Lydia McDaniel, and his sister Marjorie (Baker) Anderzack, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Katherine (Baker) Keeler and Elizabeth (Baker) Ruszkowski.
Bud spent his youngest years following alongside his father on the farm in Metamora, OH. He became the “man” of the house at the early age of 9 years old after his father passed away and he had to take care of his mother and three sisters. He has farmed his entire life up until retiring just a few years ago. He raised steers, hogs, corn, wheat, soybeans and baled hay/straw over his many years of farming. He spent many years attending NFO (National Farmers Organization) meetings and would canvas the local farmers to explain the program and help them get a fair price for their products. Over the years he had many of his nephews, his children, and local kids help with the farming and baling and instilled a good work ethic with everyone who worked for him as well as many fond memories. In addition to farming he was a jack of all trades. He was a talented woodworker and welder and fabricated things around the farm as he needed them. His favorite creation for the kids was the giant swingset and the infamous “Moonrocker”, which the kids along with all their friends and cousins spent many days playing on. He also made bookcases, lamps, and a favorite Christmas camel decoration that could be seen from afar. Being part of the church community was very important to him. In the church he was an officer of St. Mary’s Credit Union, a Eucharistic minister, contributed his time to the church choir, bingo, and fish fries as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 21st from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631), where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin in the funeral home on Friday, April 22nd at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Residence: Metamora, Ohio
Visitation: Thursday, April 21st from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Friday, April 22nd at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery