Dr. Robert Baker

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WAPAKONETA — 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 December 16, 1917, in Buckland, Ohio, to Marion Franklin & Leona (Wheeler) Baker who preceded him in death. On September 27, 1939, he married Mary Kathryn Place and she passed away on September 29, 2011.

He is survived by his children; Dr. Ellen (Dr. John Doolittle) Baker of Washington, DC, John (Bernardine) Baker of Columbus, OH, Dr. Ann (Dr. G.F. Ryan) Baker of Lima, Ohio, 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, IL 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

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Published in The Lima News from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2014
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