Dr. Robert F. “Doc” Baker, 96

Dr. Robert F. “Doc” Baker D.V.M., 96, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Otterbein Cridersville.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1917, in Buckland, Ohio, to Marion Franklin and Leona (Wheeler) Baker, who preceded him in death.  On Sept. 27, 1939, he married Mary Kathryn Place and she passed away on Sept. 29, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Dr. Ellen (Dr. John Doolittle) Baker, of Washington, D.C., John (Bernardine) Baker, of Columbus, Dr. Ann (Dr. G.F. Ryan) Baker, of Lima, Bruce (Pam) Baker, of Buckland, and Martha Baker, of Lima; six grandchildren, Sarah (Mark) Franks, Alexis (Philip) Swincher, Andrew (Abby) Baker, Vanessa Baker, Aaron Baker and Elizabeth Ryan; three step great-grandchildren, Olivia Jones Franks, Christian Swincher and Colton Swincher; two great-grandchildren, Landon Baker and Sophia Swincher; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a significant, large extended family.

Robert was a 1935 graduate of Buckland High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1942 as a D.V.M.  He operated a veterinary practice in Spencerville from 1942-1955. In the interim, he did a Teaching Fellowship at Michigan State University from 1947-1948. He then was a consultant with Ft. Dodge Laboratories from 1955-1958.  He was the Director of Veterinary Research with Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Ill. from 1958-1963. In 1963, he built Baker Animal Hospital in Cridersville and retired from practice in 1980. He was a member of the Admissions Board at The Ohio State University Veterinary School.  He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio V.M.A., and the Lima V.M.A. He was one of the founding members of the Cridersville Historical Association and also the Finance Chair for the Republican Party of Auglaize County.

Per his request, funeral service will be for immediate family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Auglaize County Humane Society.
The family has entrusted Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta, to handle the services.

Condolences may be expressed at schlosserfuneralhome.com.