Robert Stanley Baker

November 16, 1939September 6, 2018
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BAKER, Robert Stanley, 78, passed away peacefully September 6, 2018, at home in Newark. He was preceded in death by parents Robert E. and Sara (Montgomery) Baker and parents-in-law Stephen and Ruth (Watson) Mills. Born in 1939, Bob spent his youth working the fields and roaming the woods of the Montgomery farm, a wedding gift to his maternal grandparents, at Alexandria. A childhood treasure of arrowheads he collected on the farm developed a steadfast interest in prehistoric and Native American culture. Bob graduated from Alexandria High School in 1957 and enjoyed lifelong friendships with fellow Red Devils. In later life, he was honored to be included in a short inspirational story written by a classmate. A passion for cars, an innate understanding of machinery, and an abiding sense of community spurred him to open Baker Automotive, Inc., the local NAPA store, with his parents in 1961. For 51 years he served as owner and operator, forever grateful to the people of Pataskala for their support and friendship. Sponsoring youth baseball teams, celebrating the annual street fair and serving as parade grand marshal were among his happiest moments. Bob was an avid fan of Ohio State football and an auto racing enthusiast. His creed was to live life in forward gear, pedal to the metal, never dwelling on what had been denied, but instead, focusing intently on the road ahead and an infinite array of what could be. Together with Alice, Bob gave the last full measure of his devotion to their beloved grandchildren. He is survived by loving partner and wife of many years Alice (Mills) Baker of Newark; daughter Leanna (Matthew) Handwork and grandchildren Madeleine Leigh and Alex Matthew, all of New Albany; brother John (Wendy) Baker of New Jersey; sister Martha (Robert) Enderlin of Toledo; one niece; and one nephew. Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 18, 6-8pm, and Wednesday, September 19, 12-1pm at Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home in Pataskala. A service celebrating Bob’s life will be held Wednesday, September 19, at 1 pm at the funeral home, with burial following at The Pataskala Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to any charitable organization of your choice.


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Dawn Giehl

September 18, 2018

Thankful for the honor of serving Bob in the later years of his life. Enjoyed looking through the pictures of him and his family and watching the video. It was always very obvious how much his family meant to him. Praying for all of the family as they walk this journey.

Dawn Giehl, R.N.

Paul Hastings

September 17, 2018

" Bake " and I were great friends in High School and he was the most liked person in school. I found him to be a very honest individual. For three [3] years ,we baled hay together and would take turns working in the hay loft as it would be very hot and humid up there. Once a bale was delivered, the person in the loft had to carry it to a specified place and stack it. Every now and then, I would send several bales on the elevator at one time just to hear Bake cuss at me.
We had some great times together and he will be missed.
My sincere condolences and sympathy to the entire family.

Kenneth “Skip” Rockey

September 17, 2018

I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences.

Kenneth “Skip” Rockey
Pataskala, Oh

Georgia (Baldwin) & Noland Hubley

September 15, 2018

Dear Alice and family,

Please know,our hearts share your sorrow. Bob was a favorite classmate and friend at ole' Alex High. We met when we were 5 years old on the first day of school as we entered the first grade at Alexandria Elementary School, remaining friends through high school and beyond. I truly believe friends that have touched our lives and hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness and friendship they shared and brought into our lives Indeed, the light of Bob's spirit shines upon us all. Sending love and deepest sympathy at this sad time, Georgia (Baldwin) Hubley & Noland Hubley, Henderson, NV

Mike Parr

September 12, 2018

Knew Bob & his dad for many years through our local business. Treated every one who came in equal. Prayers and thoughts are with the family. Mike Parr/Parr Implement