Ray E. Baker 69 of Cadiz, Ohio died Jan. 6, in Trinity West Hospital after a long battle with lung issues. He was born in Canton, Ohio on Oct. 17, 1946 the son of the late Harvey and Virginia Ohler Baker. He was retired from Consol Mining after 30 years of service and was a member of the United Mine Workers, Pine Valley Sportsman Club, and Hopedale American Legion Post #682.

Ray was a US Army veteran. He was also preceded in death by a brother- Herschel Baker- a granddaughter- Ashley Nicole Baker- a grandson- Ryan Baker.

He married his wife, Joanne Vargo Baker on Aug. 26, 1972. There are six children, Cecilia Kaymmeyer of Virginia, Rodney Baker of Bloomingdale, Ohio, Tina Walulik and Robert of Richmond, Ohio, Ray Baker Jr. and Tabitha Jones of Beallsville, Ohio,

Brian Applegarth of North Carolina, Bobbie Jo Hill and Mike of Columbus.

There are nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One brother and two sisters survive Harvey Baker of Cadiz, Nelda Burchfield and Richard of Unionport, Bernice Bonar and Bill of Bergholz.

At the request of Ray, military graveside services will be held at a future date.

Blackburn Funeral Homes, Hopedale are in charge of service. (740) 937-2461