Earl Baker, 69, Newcomerstown, formerly of Canton, passed away early Friday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2010, in the intensive care unit of the Mercy Medical Center, Canton.

Earl was born in Elkhorn City, Ky., Pike County, on Dec. 11, 1940, and was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Burl Baker, who died in 1992, and E. Mae Hawkins Baker, who died in 2003.

He was an Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. Earl was a retired crane operator with Canton Drop Forge where he worked for over 20 years and was employed by Republic Steel, Canton, for several years prior to his employment with Canton Drop Forge. Earl was a member of the United Steelworkers Local, Canton. He retired in 1990 with a medical disability and moved to Newcomerstown in 1992. Earl enjoyed raising border collies, hunting, fishing, collecting coins, and listening to country western music and watching Grand Ole Opry on television.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert Glendenning, Paden City, W.Va.

Earl is survived by his wife, Mary E. Glendenning Baker, Newcomerstown, whom he married on June 5, 1959.

Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Earl N. (Dawn Baker) and Kevin S. (Debra) Baker, all of Canton, and Porsha L. (Michael S.) Buchanan, West Lafayette.

Earl also leaves four grandchildren, Brandee and Errin Baker, both of Canton, and Emily and Kassidy Buchanan, both of West Lafayette; his brother, Kenneth K. (Jane) Baker, Newcomerstown; his mother-in-law, Hilda Boyd, New Philadelphia; his sister-in-law, Marsha Roush, New Philadelphia; and his faithful border collie, Maggie.

Funeral services to celebrate Earl's life were Aug. 10 at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. The Rev. Dr. W. Stanley Winters conducted the services.

Burial followed in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Earl's name to an individual's favorite charity.