Ronald G. ""Ronnie"" BAKER(1939 - 2014)

Ronald G. "Ronnie" Baker, completed his 74 year journey on this earth Saturday, February 1, 2014. He resided in both Cincinnati, OH and Cape Coral, FL. Ron was born in Hazard, KY October 3, 1939, a son of John and Rhoda (Colwell) Baker.

Ron proudly enlisted in the United States Navy and served for 4 years. He served aboard the USS Kearsarge CVS 33 where he took part in Project Mercury when astronaut Walter Schirra and his space capsule, Sigma 7, were retrieved from the ocean.

After serving his country, he held a wide variety of jobs before beginning his career in the hospitality industry at the Watermill Inn. From there he moved on to become the manager for Sleep Out Louie's on 2nd Street downtown. In the early 80's Ron opened 2nd Street Saloon on Pete Rose Way. 2nd Street moved to Cheviot in the late 1990s after being displaced by Paul Brown Stadium. He remained proud owner of 2nd Street Saloon until his retirement in 2011.

Upon retirement he fulfilled their longtime wish and bought a condo to live in Florida during the winter months. He enjoyed his well-earned, albeit too short, retirement by spending his days in his happy place out in the sun reading by the pool or on his dock next to the canal.

Ron was a hardworking, generous man who never knew a stranger. There was nothing he would not do to help his friends and loved ones. He was greatly admired and loved by many.

He is survived by his wife, Chris (Luken) Baker; beloved daughter, Julie Murray (Jerome III) Fatora; cherished grandsons, Eghann and Oscar Fatora; sisters, Wanda Spaulding and Margie Hammer; brother, Don Baker plus an abundance of family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Hence Eversole.

Ron will be desperately missed as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to:
Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675.

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"His equal will never be among us again." ~ Scottish toast

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 9, 2014