Charles R. "Charlie" Baker, 67, of Buckland Ave, Fremont, Ohio passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
He was born April 20, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia to Tee and Ruby (Cruikshank) Baker.
He was a 1960 graduate of Auglaize Brown Local High School in Oakwood, OH. He married Mary Lou Schwaderer on January 31, 1965 in Defiance, OH and she survives.
Charles graduated from The Ohio State University in 1965 with a Degree in Education. He was a member of the The O.S.U. Golf Team and Marching Band. Charles was a History Teacher with Fremont, Ohio City Schools for thirty years from 1965 to 1995. He was a Student Council Advisor for twenty-two years and was Teacher of the year in 1974. Charles was awarded the Martha Holding Jennings Scholar Award from Ohio University. This award is given to those who were found to be "Master Teachers" by their peers. He was an Assistant Athletic Director at Fremont Ross High School and Head Golf Coach at both Ross High and St. Joseph High School.
He was Vice President of the Fremont Education Association in 1973; Fremont City Council in Ward #1 for four terms; Deacon at St. John's Lutheran Church where he was a member for many years and Past Governor at Fremont Moose Lodge #1286. He was a member of the 100th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment of the Civil War; Adjunct Faculty member at Terra Tech for six years teaching Economics and Government; "Docent" at Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio; and also volunteered at Memorial Hospital. Charles enjoyed reading, yard work and loved being with his grandchildren.
Charles is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Baker, Fremont, OH; children, Michelle (Scott) Thomas, Cincinnati, OH, Michael (Jodi) Baker, Fremont, OH; sister, Sonia Lance, Devine, TX; grandchildren, Sarah, Nathan, Abbey, Zach and Katie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH.
Services will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 N. Clover St., Fremont, with one hour of visitation from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at the Church prior to the Service. Pastor Robert Quillen will officiate.
Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Fremont.
Online Condolences: www.wonderlyhorvathhanes.com