Nelson Cleveland Baker
1924 - 2020
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Nelson Cleveland Baker, age 96, of Hamilton, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at Westover Retirement Community. He was born in Butler County, on August 6, 1924, the son of Johnie H. and Clara E. (Johnson) Baker. He is survived by his son, Terry (Linda) Baker, San Antonio, Texas, and daughter, Nelta (Bob) McNaught, Miamisburg, Ohio and beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leota, and newborn daughter, Sherry Lynn; brothers Eugene, Norbert, Richard, and Allan Baker; sister Elsie (Baker) Carmichael. Nelson was a graduate of Morgan Township High School and attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. He married Leota Inloes on May 17, 1947 in Oxford Ohio. They resided in Jeffersonville, Ohio, for over 45 years before moving back to Hamilton in 1994. Nelson had a lifetime love of farming. He farmed with his father and later worked at Hamilton Equipment and Grain Center. In Jeffersonville, he managed the Opekasit Center, a large farm equipment dealership; and from 1955-1974 co-owned and managed Jeffersonville Farm Service, Inc. Nelson taught Agriculture and Industrial Equipment Mechanics (1974-1986) in the Great Oaks Vocational school system at northern Cincinnati, Wilmington, and Greenfield campuses. Until his retirement in 1989, he was the first director of the Great Oaks Center for Economic Opportunity in Washington C.H. Nelson was a long-time public servant in a myriad of capacities: Jeffersonville Village Council; Fayette County Chamber of Commerce; Clark /Fayette County Port Authority; Fayette Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees; president of Jeffersonville Business Assoc; Jeffersonville volunteer fireman. Nelson was a superb artisan ranging from woodworking, metal fabrication, basket weaving, caning and design. Private interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Jeffersonville OH. Memorials may be directed to Okeana United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 98, Okeana OH 45053 and Jeffersonville United Methodist Church, 13 E. High St., Jeffersonville OH 43128. Online condolences are available at Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, combined services to honor Nelson and Leota (April 2020) will be held at a later date.

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Published in Record Herald from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2020.
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October 27, 2020
We would pick Bake up then Krieger, then , with all three together, and sometimes me in a single F 150 cab to make it four (before seat belts were mandatory) , headed to the evening coffee break at the old Plaza for coffee break. What a great memory to see these men try to solve all the world and farming problems. They didn’t always agree at the end of the night and it became comical, but they would do it all over again for many years. They loved being around each other. I loved being around them! I remember Baker cared so deeply for young people to get off to a great start in life and be accountable with hard work. He was a pleasure to be around!


Casey Whitaker (Cary Bock’s grandson)
Casey Whitaker
October 24, 2020
i met nelson at the hamilton ymca several years ago, such a fine gentleman, while talking learned that his children and grandchildren were in the air force since i was a air force vet learned that grandson was in the rotc at miami university, at that time my daughter was in their marching band, at a football game met the young baker grandson, a wonderful family. nelson was outgoing and i think never met a stranger just the type of person in one's life journey you are glad you met him. my condolences to the baker family. dick stewart air force vet and miami alum.
richard stewart
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