Robert Baker Jr.


Robert L. Baker Jr., 89, of Edinburgh, died May 28, 2017, at his home.

Robert was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Columbus, the son of Robert L. Baker Sr. and Sylvia M. Graham Baker.

Robert lived his entire life in Bartholomew County. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, Columbus. He retired in 1990 after 43 years of employment at Reliance Electric. He was an automobile racing enthusiast, especially NASCAR Sprints. He enjoyed racing cars in the 50s and 60s at many tracks in southern Indiana.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Edinburgh Apostolic Tabernacle, 701 S. Main St, Edinburgh, with Pastors Tim Streeval and Mark Myers officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at the church and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Burial will be at Daugherty Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ, Center Street, Columbus, through the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, Dennis N. “Duke” Baker of Columbus; daughters, Sylvia M. Oathout of Edinburgh and Kathy (Michael) Ely of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren, Joe (Christy) Dunn, Jason Dunn, Michael Ely, Jean (Danny) Wood, Sonja Turner, Valerie Turner, Robbie Turner, Dennis “Duke” Baker, Tonya Roll, Angel Dyette and Sebrina Roll; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diana Jean Byrd; a brother, Charles Perry Beaman; a sister, Thelma Hall; and granddaughters, Mary Ann Jenkins and Monica Ely.

Services were entrusted to the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.