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Earl Duane “Butch” Baker

Earl Duane “Butch” Baker, age 74, of Plymouth, died Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Butch was born November 15, 1942 on the family farm in Plymouth to the late Maurice and Margaret Vione (Backensto) Baker. He was a 1961 graduate of Plymouth High School and retired after many years of service from RR Donnelley and Sons in Willard where he was a hand book binder. Butch was a member of the Plymouth American Legion and, although he was not a registered member of several other clubs and organizations, he was often the top salesman for many of their fundraisers. This is just one way that Butch showed that he was always there to help someone in need. For a man who was not raised to attend church and learn the word of God, he most certainly exemplified the biblical principle, “love thy neighbor”. Butch never turned anyone down and, in fact, no one ever had to ask for his help. He was just always there. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved spending time with them. Butch was an extremely hard worker and enjoyed everything outdoors including hunting and fishing.

On February 11, 1961, Butch married the girl that he had saved a seat on the bus for since second grade, his high school sweetheart, Florence Dorion, and she survives. Also surviving are: 4 children: Duane Scott Baker of Plymouth, Kelly (Jim) Shifferly of Delaware, Shannan (Ken) Jones of Shelby, and Lisa Baker of Plymouth; 8 grandchildren: Adam (Amber) Baker, Kyle (Tami) Baker, Ashley (Jake) Medley, Jordan Baker, Justin Baker, Alexis Jones, Jared Baker, and Nicole Jones; 6 great grandchildren: Bryce, Gavin, Dean, Kyleigh, Reegan, and Presley; 7 brothers and sisters: Dave (Sandy) Baker of Shelby, Donna Kamann of Willard, Betty (Larry) Vredenburgh of Plymouth, Junior (Susan Franklin) Baker of Plymouth, Dixie (John) Hart of Plymouth, Vickie Resendez of Plymouth, and Cindy (Doug) Smith of Shiloh; a sister-in-law: Barb Baker of Shelby; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Baker and a brother-in-law, William “Billy” Kamann.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, December 12, 2016 from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 am. Fr. Chris Mileski will officiate and burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Patti Knapp says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very painful and difficult time.
    Love always,

    Patti and Jim Knapp

  2. Karen (Caudill) Pace says:

    My classmates and neighbors for many years, I am so sorry for your lose. May you find peace in due time, to smile at his quiet manner and sweet smile. He was a real sweetheart but loved his family most of all. God grant you peace and love.
    Love to all, Karen Moore (Caudill) Pace, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    So sorry!

  3. Cj Wilson Bice and Family says:

    My dear friend and former classmate Kelly; my thoughts are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful man. He was ready to take on the task of watching over his precious family no matter where they are…That’s what angels do.

    Prayers to all Carol Wilson Bice

  4. Ed and Debbie Kanney says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Words don’t really take away the pain but do know that God gives us the strength to make it through difficult times like this. Praying for you all.
    Ed and Debbie

  5. PHILLIP RAMEY says:

    Florence: You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Butch was always a very good friend all through school. hHe will be greatly missed. Prayers are with all of you. Phillip Ramey.

  6. Beth Agler (Kraft) says:

    So sorry for your loss . Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  7. Mike DeWitt says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Of course, I hadn’t seen Butch for quite of few years but I was just thinking about him last week and was wondering how he was getting along. Since he didn’t have email or electronic connections I didn’t get a chance to correspond as I have with a few of our other classmates. I remember Butch as a good friend who always looked “cool”. Remember he was the DJ with the dance club that met at the old Macks Market building in downtown Plymouth. I and some buddies visited his parent’s pond for some wonderful swimming back when we were going to high school. Sounds like he had a wonderful life and family, sorry we weren’t able to get together over the years.

  8. Ginger Burrer Frank says:

    Having known Butch and Flo since high school I can honestly say that their match was one made in heaven. What an exemplary couple! And Butch was the patriarch of this amazing family. May his legacy help ease the pain of his loss. You are all in my prayers.

  9. Rita Waterbeck says:

    Flo I am so sorry.. Please know I will have you and the family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Rita Waterbeck

  10. BARB JONES says:


  11. Pamela Byers says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sadness and loss in your family. Please know that family here in North Carolina care and are thinking of you all. ( I am Norma and Jim Dorion’s sister-in-law )

  12. Dave McKown says:

    Kindest condolences to the family. Butch was a long time friend and a truly nice man. I suspect he will be watching the football games every Friday night.
    RIP friend.

  13. Ann and Fritz Jaquay says:

    Many prayers for the family and friends who loved Butch. The world was a better place because he was in so many lives.

  14. Elizabeth marsey says:

    Sorry to hear, he was such a great man.

  15. Angie Beverly Holt says:

    To my dear Baker family. I love you all so much. I was and am blessed to have them as my 2nd family. My childhood was always full of memories and being loved by them. I still as an adult feel it today. What a difficult year. There are no words I can say to help. I love u all. And I will always love him.

  16. Victor Reed says:

    My grandmother (Marguerite Nordyke) always had something good to say about him. When she got really old living alone, he would get vegetables from his garden & carry them over to her. God rewards people like him.

  17. Judi Broderick chumbley says:

    Florence, I am so sorry to hear about Butch passing. I had no idea he had been ill. You both were always such good friends. I will keep you in my prayers always. Sincerely, Judi Chumbley

  18. David Lewis says:

    I am sorry for your loss . It’s been many years since I ‘ve been in Plymouth much. I will always remember the whole Baker family stopping at the Marathon Station . Also sitting on your porch ,or in your driveway just to talk. I had a lot of good memeries of that time. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. David Lewis says:

    So sorry about your loss thinking of you all.

  20. Linda Walton says:

    Praying. For the family that God will send you peace and comfort. So sorry for your loss. It is never easy loosing Loved ones. But we can rejoice in the hope of knowing God and his blessings. Hugs!

  21. Ann Cooper says:

    Shannan and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and that you will draw strength and comfort from our Heavenly Father. In Christian Love, Ann

  22. Carol Dezse says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Baker family.
    It was a pleasure meeting and knowing Butch (Dad). Love and prayers to all. Kiss Mom for me.Please Keep in touch Shannan and Kelly.

  23. Larry and Fran Smith says:

    To Florence and all the family,we want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God warm your hearts with loving memories of Butch especially on those days that are harder to get through. Larry as lots of memories of growing up and Butch and Florence going from kids,to high school, to working at Donnelley’s, and as adults.

  24. William McDaniel says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. I worked at RRD with Butch. He was a good man. My prayers go out to the entire family.

  25. Julie Wells says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

  26. Brigette Harrison says:

    My sincere condolences for you all. May God hold you close at this time and the days ahead. God bless!

  27. Wendy Daniel says:

    Thinking of your family – so sorry for your loss.

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