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Milton J. Baker

Milton J. Baker passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, from pancreatic cancer, after a three week illness. He was born March 22, 1936, in Elyria, to Elmore Baker and Clara (McAlpine) Baker. He lived in Elyria until the early 1940s, when his family moved to a farm on Baird Road, south of Kipton.

He eloped June 6, 1953, with Lois Jean Freed of Oberlin. They were married for 61 years. Shortly after, he got into dump trucking. A few years later, he became a steel hauler. This was his passion until 1995. He retired as a Teamster member. During most of this time, he was an owner-operator of a fleet of trucks based at his home in Oberlin. After retiring, (which he, really, never did) he drove dump trucks a few more years.

He came from a Hudson family, so he joined the Hudson Car Club, Antique Truck Club and the Allis Chalmers Tractor Club. He made many friends and traveled everywhere.

He and his wife spent the last 12 winters in Florida. He loved it and made many friends there.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, James A. (Laura) of Arizona, Cindy Sue (Doug) Canada, West Salem and Milton Jay of Sullivan and Reanie Baker of Sullivan; grandchildren, Nichole Baker, Jimmy Baker, Alan Baker and Justin Canada; two stepgrandchildren, Jamie Hofheins and Brian Hofheins; three nephews; one niece; five great and three step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven W. in 1971; grandson, Joshua Canada in 2002; his parents; and his sister, Bonnie Roth in January 2014.

We plan a Celebration of his Life, Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M., at New Russia Township Hall, 45440 Butternut Ridge Rd., west of Rt. 58, north of Oberlin.

If you wish, you may make a donation to the The American Cancer Society in Milton's name.

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