Robert “Bob” L. Baker, 69, passed away on August 11, 2020. Bob was a graduate of Norton High School, Class of 1969 and attended Kent State University. He worked for Forest City Enterprises and retired from the Akron Public Schools.
Bob defined family broadly and his family was most important to him. He was a loving husband, thoughtful son, “the best” big brother, a never-miss-a-pitch father, generous father-in-law, and an extremely proud Papa. Tyler was his fishing buddy, Blake had him laughing, Connor kept him on his toes, and Jackson’s snuggles made him smile. Bob was always on the move and planning his next adventure. His outgoing personality and genuine smile allowed him to make many life-long friends. Bob will be missed by his Friday Night group, his fellow Norton Panthers, his golf partners, his baseball buddies, and his many relatives and friends.
Bob loved the game of baseball. Third base was his home for over forty years and he followed the Cleveland Indians until the day he died. Golf became his passion in his retirement and there was definitely a love/hate relationship between Bob and his golf game.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Baker. Bob is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Katie (Lucas) Bowen, and Kevin (Hali) Baker; grandchildren, Tyler, Blake, Connor and Jackson Bowen; mother, Helen Baker; sisters, Marilyn (Ken) Herold and Judy (John) Jusi; brother, Les (Darlene) Baker; and sisters-in-law, Linda McCormick and Kimberly Eckberg.
Friends may call at the Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, on Monday, August 17 from 11 to 1 and 4 to 7. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Norton High School PPABC Scholarship Fund to establish a scholarship in Bob's memory.
Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For the safety of all of our guests, we kindly ask that Social Distancing be practiced and that Masks be worn when in the Funeral Home to help not only protect the family and our staff, but also any visitors coming to pay their respects. We would also like to encourage you to continue the sharing of memories and any further conversations outside of the building to keep the receiving line flowing and to further allow more guests to enter our chapel. We gratefully appreciate your understanding.
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Norton High School PPABC
1 Panther Way, Norton OH 44203
In memory of Robert Baker