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Franklin Baker

Franklin Baker, 89, of Wharton, passed away peacefully at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at his residence with family by his side.
Born April 5, 1933, in Wyandot County, he was the son of the late Allen and Fairy (Howard) Baker. He married Betty J. Wise on April 10, 1954, in Wharton. Betty preceded him in death on April 17, 2015.
Frank graduated from Wharton High School in 1951. He then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy for four years and was a Korean War era veteran. He returned to Wyandot County and over the next few years worked at several manufacturing facilities in the area. His true passion was construction. He put several years in with Baker Construction before going out on his own until he was sidelined by health issues. In 1992, he purchased what is now known as Baker Apartments in Carey.
Frank loved his family and the time he spent with them. He especially enjoyed the family poker games which followed all gatherings. He also took great pride in the home he built for his family in the late ’60s.
For relaxation, he loved fishing whenever and wherever. He also enjoyed gardening and watching college basketball and football, especially the Buckeyes.
Frank is survived by two sons, Tony Baker of Upper Sandusky and Todd (Robin) Baker of Arlington; three daughters, Tonya (Ted) Beavers of Wharton, Tami (Vince) Gonzales of McComb and Teena (Tim) Fate of Rushsylvania; nine grandchildren, Jeremy (Emese) Beavers, Jamie Beavers, Jordan (Heather) Beavers, Joel (Lydia) Beavers, Jesse Baker, Devin Gonzales, Emily (Zack) Morris, Terron Morrow and Alani Morrow; and eight great-grandchildren, Atilla, Bendi, Ashton, Sawyer, Oliver, Lucas, Brynnlee and A.J. He is also survived by a brother, Dave Baker of Andrews, Texas; a sister, Jane (Bill) Ogg of Findlay, and his good friend and caregiver, Sara Sapp.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife; a daughter, Tina Louise Baker; a grandson, Lucas Lewellan; three brothers, John, Wayne and Chuck Baker; and four sisters, Kathryn Chester, Eva Predmore, Gail McKelvey and Judy Wood.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey. Frank’s funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dean Pierce officiating. Burial will follow at Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery in Wharton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County or Beech Grove Wesleyan Church and sent to the funeral home.
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