Rolland "Bud" Baker, 83, a longtime Elyria resident, passed away Monday evening, February 28, 2022 after a long illness.
Rolland served our country honorably in the US Navy for 14 years during the Cuban Missile Crisis, stationed in Italy and State Side Bases in Newport Rhode Island, Little Creek and Norfolk, Virginia. His attention to detail served him and his country well, as he achieved the level of Petty Officer 1st Class Pattern-maker on the Ships USS Vulcan, Cascade and Tutuila.
Bud was a man of many talents, many of which earned him the praise of his family and friends. It all started in 1957 during his senior year at Norwalk High School where he enrolled in the class of Free Hand Drawing. His commitment to detail and imagination resulted in many hobbies, including oil painting on a variety of surfaces, wood carving, furniture and cabinet building and, for many years, owning and operating his small business, appropriately named “Pro Sharpening”. He also enjoyed archery, shooting pool, English darts, golfing, and playing poker and cribbage. He never let anyone know it, but Bud’s most cherished moments were quality time spent with his family and close friends and his neighbors, Denny and Marylou.
Bud is survived by his beloved sons, Clifford O. Baker (Kim), Christopher I. Baker (Tammy) and Buddy J. Baker; his beloved grandchildren, Jereme Gonzales, Clifford O Baker II (Lydia), Holly Hassebroek (Jordan), Brandon Baker, Cameron Baker, Lance Baker and Buddy Baker Jr; and many other relatives and close friends.
Bud was preceded in death by his loving parents and sisters, Reenie Mundy and Carol Ganzhorn; and former wives, Kathleen (Stanton) and Rosella Lattig.
The family will receive friends Monday, March 7, 2022 from 3-7 pm at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N Ridge Rd, Elyria.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the any of the following charities which Rolland generously supported: God's Little Critters, 1609 Peru Center Rd, Willard, OH 44890; or by clicking on one of the following links: