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C. Duane BAKER
1936 - 2021
Jackson, Lytle & Lewis Life Celebration Center - Springfield
2425 North Limestone St.
Springfield, OH
BAKER, C. Duane

Age 84 of Springfield, passed away at home Monday, June 21, 2021. Born in Celina, Ohio, on November 24, 1936, the son of the late Chalmer and

Bernice (Baucher) Baker.

Following graduation from Celina High School, Duane

attended Ohio University where he was a member of their varsity Baseball team and held many school records.

After graduation with his

Bachelor's in Education he went on to serve as a Quartermaster in the United States Navy. After serving his country "Bake" began his teaching career at Wapakoneta High School before moving to Springfield, OH. At South High School he both taught in their science department and coached baseball and basketball. Duane was a natural leader who loved his

community and they loved him. He was soon the strong choice to lead the "Wildcats" as their Athletic Director. He had a passion for "kids" and that love shines through the legacy that he has in the community. The lasting mark he made

carries on through the individuals he touched: his

students, his athletes and their families and his coaches. He had the ability to connect even with strangers. He was great at defusing and encouraging. This characteristic drew many to respect and adore him. Once your life was touched by Bake you knew he would always have your back and that you could always call on him for strong advice or help. His life will be carried on in the hearts and service of those he touched. He retired after 30 years in the Springfield School District; but could still be seen season after season up in the stands cheering on the Wildcats! (It was said his blood was blue and gold.)

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia (Hutchens) Baker; his daughter who was the light of his life, Suzanne (Baker) Antonaros; his son-in-law, Richard Antonaros; and his granddaughters, Isabella, Avamarie and Vivianna


A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Duane's life will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, with visitation from 10:00 am-12:00pm at JACKSON LYTLE & LEWIS LIFE CELEBRATION CENTER. At noon the eulogy is to be given by his former athletes and coaches. Raymond Lloyd will be first off the bench. Following this service, Duane will be laid to rest at Fernclifff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the C. Duane Baker Scholarship Fund at Huntington Bank. This scholarship will be awarded to a Springfield High School student who will be continuing their education towards a

degree in education. Condolences may be expressed to his family by visiting

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Bake was one of a kind and wii be missed May he Rest In Peace A Wildcat forever
Chip and Vicki Whitmore
July 4, 2021
Thinking of you Pat at this time... And Bake, thanks for the opportunity... RIP
Larry Ashbaugh
June 29, 2021
I was the South Basketball Manager from 76-78 and got to know Bake very well during those years and in the years since. Always loved running into him at South basketball and football games to catch up and share a laugh. He was one of those guys who would do anything for you without batting an eye and always wanted to know how you were doing. His presence will be missed but he will always live large in memories. RIP Bake!
Timothy Allen
June 29, 2021
Duane was one of those people you could both like and respect. He was so good to be around. He was so respected by all the coaches at our League meetings. If he said something, you could believe it! We had some good people to work with over the years in Xenia athletics, but we were envious of Duane's abilities to work with coaches and players. He would have been so good in our system or any other, but he was exactly where he wanted to be! Springfield was blessed to have Duane! He was truly one of the "good guys".
Phil Anderson, Xenia Basketball and Baseball
June 26, 2021
I loved Mr. Baker! I was at South High School from 1984-1988 and was lucky enough to pitch softball. Mr. Baker gave me my nickname of "Blade". I have remembered him fondly all of these years. God bless him and his family. Robbin "Blade" Smith
Robbin Smith Nelson
June 25, 2021
Judy and I are so sorry to learn Duane has passed.
Jack Slattery
June 25, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to your family during the loss of our SPECIAL friend. God Bless The Moyers Family
The Moyers- Jim,Lynn Dan and Julie
June 25, 2021
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