“Oh, just enjoying life.” was Dale’s classic response when asked how he was doing — even in the hospital. He was always seen with a big smile on his face and a cup of coffee in his hand.
C. Dale Baker peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was 87.
Dale was born April 15, 1929 in Fredericktown to Oscar and Nellie (Doyle) Baker and graduated from Fredericktown High School. He met his neighbor Naomi Miller at a free picture show in Bellville and the pair dated for three years before getting married on Aug. 27, 1950.
Dale worked almost 40 years as a maintenance man for J.B. Foote Foundry and later for the Dana Corp. He was also self-employed as a welder and electrician and was a jack-of-all trades who could fix almost anything. He liked to keep busy and tinker around in his barn.
Dale enjoyed driving his Oliver tractor into the woods to cut wood and be around nature. He had a green thumb and liked to garden — especially green beans and corn. He will be remembered for his happy-go-lucky personality and his goofball sense of humor.
Dale was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville and the Moose Lodge #2555 in Mt. Vernon.
He is survived by his loving wife Naomi Baker, of Bellville; children Bethany and Mike Adams, Beverly Baker, and Mark Baker, all of Bellville; grandchildren Kristin and Mike Forsythe, of Bellville, Ryan and Amanda Adams, of Bellville, Damon and Cassity Baker, of Utica, and Austin Baker, of Bellville; great-grandchildren Ethan Fox, Hailee Huffman, Madison Adams, and Kaden Baker; sister Eileen Smith, of Mt. Vernon; brother Robert and Dixie Garverick, of Fredericktown; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his twin brother Gale Baker.
Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church may be made at the funeral home.