The Life of Eugene Baker

Funeral services for Eugene "Gene" Baker, 80, of Ashtabula, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, where friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester Township. The son of Carl H. and Mary G. (Smith) Baker was born Oct. 25, 1933, in Mayfield Heights. A three-year resident of Ashtabula and formerly of Painesville, Eugene passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at Carrington Park in Ashtabula. Mr. Baker served as a deputy sheriff in Geauga County, security at Chase Brass, Diamond Shamrock, and Euclid Inc., and retired from the Die Company in Eastlake. He was a life member of Elks Lodge 549 in Painesville and the Allegra Motor Home Club. Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Inez "Bunny" (Manross) Baker; son, Eugene (Kathy) Baker II of Conneaut; daughter, Debra (Bill) Eagle of Ashtabula; four grandchildren, Jessica (Derek) Lebzelter, Megan (Terry) Burr, Nicole (Eric) Rutherford and Bill (Maartje) Eagle; seven great-grandchildren, Henry, Marcus, and Benjamin Lebzelter, Emilie and Michael Burr, and Rowan and Marcus Eagle; and best friends, Tedd and Mag Heidenrich, and Jack Stadler. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Beatrice Dreslinski; brothers, Merle and Arnold Baker; and best friend, Sue Stadler. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060. The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Western Reserve for their care given during Gene''s illness. To our extended family at Carrington Park, thank you for the care, love, and support you gave to Gene and his family.

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