Robert Earl Baker Sr.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Robert "Bob" Earl Baker Sr., 75, of Reelsville, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2015 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital with his family by his side.

Bob was born Sept. 12, 1940, the son of Mary Melissa Willoughby.

He married Ethel Rose Baughman in 1960. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2004.

Growing up he was a self-taught mechanic who would flip cars and resell them. He loved wheeling and dealing.

He worked various jobs throughout his life until he became employed at Putnamville State Correctional Facility where he eventually retired after 20 years of service. He worked many different jobs at the pen but the most recent before his retirement was as a UAW representative.

He was a local gun dealer for many years. Bob was an avid member of NRA and was known as a gun enthusiast.

Bob became engaged to Shirley Allen in April of this year.

He was the lead bass player and vocalist for numerous bands. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting, and music in general. He was known as a jack of all trades but master of a few.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife; son, Robert "Robbie" Baker Jr.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Baker and companion Ted Baugh; fiancÚ, Shirley Allen; grandchildren, Christian Baker (Abigail), Johanna Baker; sister in law, Janet Jones; sister to Shirley, Sharon Micallef; as well as extended family and friends.

There will be a celebration of Bob's life by sharing memories and stories at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil. Visitation will be Friday at 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Hope, 5525 US-40, Brazil, IN 47834.

Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.