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Bernard "Ted" Baker


1924 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Bernard "Ted" Baker Obituary
BAKER, Bernard N. "Ted" Of Centerville was born Dec. 20, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Oakwood High School and was immediately drafted into the Army during World War II where he served overseas in logistics and was discharged withthe rank of Technical Sergeant. After his military service he followed his father's example and became a Mason. He also began his studies at the University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering and was a co-op with Frigidaire. At UC he becamea member of the honorary engineering fraternity, Pi Tau Sigma and graduated with the Degree of Mechanical Engineer. He went on to have a long and rewarding career in engineering. While in High School he took ballroom dance lessons and became very accomplished. He met Eileen Gabriel at a dinner dance at the Masonic Temple in 1947. They married in 1949 and in 1954 built a home in Centerville, Ohio where sons Geoff and Dan were raised. During his time with Frigidaire he traveled to Milan, Italy on numerous occasions as part of the development of the plastic refrigerator liner. During that period he developed his appetitefor Italian food and wine, Italian culture and the Italian zest forlife. He felt fortunate to attend an opera at La Scala and spend a 4th of July celebration at the American Embassy at Lake Como. He retired in 1990 after 44 years of service with several General Motors divisions. In retirement he enjoyed travel and being with family. He and Eileen enjoyed several Centerville Sister City trips to Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. He also accomplished his longtime goal of climbing the steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa at age 80. He and Eileen and the extended family continued to travel to many destinations well into his late 80s. His interests ranged from current events to being a talented bridge player to Dayton Opera enthusiast to skilled auto mechanic and much in between. His life journey ended peacefully on May 10, 2018. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Edna Baker and son Geoffrey Baker. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Eileen from Centerville,son Daniel, daughter-in-law Marti and grandson Theodore all from Dallas, TX as well as niece Barbara (Bill) Quayle from Noblesville, IN and nephew Richard (Suzanne) Tuttle from Bourne, TX and many great- nieces and great- nephews. Services will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, Ohio, 45459 on May 17, 2018, conducted by Rev. Dr. Nancy Birdsong. Visitation at 9:30AM will continue until the Memorial service 10:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to . For those wishing condolences may be left at SchlientzandMoore.com.
Published in Dayton Daily News on May 15, 2018
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