Norman Baker


Norman T. Baker, 80, of Defiance, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.

He was born on August 11, 1933, to Clark and Lucille (Cotton) Baker in Montpelier. On July 28, 1956, he married Barbara Ann Ort, who preceded him in death on January 29, 2009.

Norman worked for the Ohio Laborer's District Council & Contractor's Pension Fund of Ohio Local 500, retiring in 1993 after 30 years. He also worked at different times for NYC Railroad, Bryan Metals and Johns Manville. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post 284. He read his Bible daily. Norman enjoyed using the public library and reading. He also enjoyed the great outdoors and animals, he especially loved to fish.

Norman is survived by his daughters, Sonia Lee Bussing of Defiance and Desiree Lyn (Don Jr.) Dunbar of Paulding; grandchildren, Shaun (Alexandria) Bussing of Defiance, Logan and Hailey McDaniel of Paulding; great-granddaughter, Sophia Grace Bussing of Defiance; sister, Betty Mae Curry of California; and a brother, James Baker of Bryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Howard Warren Baker; and son-in-law, Paul Bussing.

A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Brunersburg Cemetery with Pastor Timothy G. Reynolds officiating.

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