Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Robert L. Baker

Robert L. Baker, age 101, of Shelby, died Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Crestwood Care Center.

He was born March 13, 1917 in Shelby the son of the late Hugh and Elizabeth (Lysinger) Baker. Bob was a farmer the majority of his life and was a former employee of W.A. Vnasdale Construction. He had been a Jackson Township Trustee, Richland County Fair Board Member and a very active member of the Ganges Community Church. Bob enjoyed gardening, woodworking and helping others in need. Bob was busy all of the time. In his later years he started visiting friends in nursing homes. This activity grew to so many nursing homes, he visited some in the morning and the others in the afternoon. He made many new friends with these visits as well.

Bob is survived by his 5 daughters: Sue (Joel) Beer of Shelby, Kay (Larry) Danals of Ontario, Sally (David) Studer of Shelby, Betty (Jerry) Cox of Shelby, Kathy (Joseph) Cotter of Ontario; 20 Grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Phyllis I. (Vnasdale) Baker; brother: Raymond Baker; sisters: Lucille Dillon, Jeanette Wilson and Margaret Ewing; grandson: Jason “Jake” Cox; great grandson: Trevor Beer.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2-4 PM at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Lester Vnasdale officiating. Burial will follow in Ganges Cemetery.

Memorial expressions may be made to Ganges Community Church. To send a message of sympathy or to share a memory with the Baker family, please visit

Memories & Condolence

  1. Amy Brown says:

    Dear Kathy and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He certainly lead a great life and had a wonderful family. Treasure your memories.

    Amy Albert Brown

  2. Rene Goodwin says:

    Ann and Jim,

    I am so terribly sorry about the passing of your grandfather. I am sure he was a tremendous blessing to you and the rest of your family. I’ll be praying for you all.

    Rene Goodwin

  3. Marilyn Hopkins says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your father. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts in the days ahead.
    Marilyn Hopkins

  4. Janet Eldridge says:

    Brenda Beer and family, Heaven gained an angel. God met Mr. Baker at the door of Heaven and said Welcome home Son. A wonderful man I was proud to have known….

  5. Sheila Smith Biglin says:

    Kathy, so sorry to hear this news. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

  6. Tom Hadley says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. bakers passing. He was a wonderful human being. My condolences to all the family, you will all be in my prayers.

  7. James Crosby says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of Robert. It sounds like he had a good life and he enjoyed his short time on this earth. He now can start a new life of helping others in our next world. I have been away from Shelby along time but went to school with Sally. I hope your family is doing as well as can be considered and remember to give thanks for what Robert has accomplished in his life on this earth.

  8. Mindy Bigelow BS LSW Retired says:

    To the Baker girls and their families Was sad to hear of Bobs passing He was a good person one of my special residents Sending prayers

  9. Mindy Bigelow BS LSW Retired says:

    To the Baker girls and their families. Sad to hear of Bobs passing. He was a good person one of my special residents. Sending prayers

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