Brunswick: Timothy Barrett Baker, 51, a proud veteran of the United States Navy, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021, in his home in the care of Crossroads Hospice after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Tim was born February 12, 1970, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Maryann (Barrett) and John Baker. On June 28, 1996, he married Jennifer (Blatt) Baker, with whom he had two children, Connor and Erin Baker. The two were later divorced but remained good friends. Tim married his loving wife, Crystal (Flenoury) Baker, on Father’s Day, June 20, 2021, surrounded by family and friends.
He earned a Bachelor of Communications degree from Muskingum University where he was also a brother of the Stag Club fraternity. In civilian life, he went on to work in video production and broadcasting for WTOL 11 out of Toledo and worked as a producer and editor for Fox Sports Ohio for many years. For the past 5 years, Tim has served as a Corrections Officer for the Medina County Sheriff’s Department.
Tim served in the United States Navy for 8 years during the GWOT (Global War on Terror). Early on he enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 1999 serving with the Navy Construction Battalions, better known as ‘Seabees.’ After becoming an officer in 2005, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant (LT/0-3) and continued to serve through 2007. Tim toured on active duty from April to September 2005, where he worked as a leader in public affairs during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Tim was a prideful man constantly serving his country and community, but his greatest joys were spending time with his children, loved ones, and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving family includes, wife, Crystal Baker of Brunswick, OH; son, Connor Baker of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; daughter, Erin Baker of Medina, OH; bonus daughter, Maia Flenoury of Brunswick, OH; uncle, Rick Norderer of Port Clinton, OH; cousin, Rhyan Jones of New Bern, NC; his ex-wife, Jennifer Baker of Medina, OH; and dear friend and family member, Karen Lazarus of New York City, NY.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents and dearest aunts, Patricia (Barrett) Noderer and Gretta (Barrett) Jones.
He will have a memorial service at the VFW Post #9520, 1439 S. Carpenter Rd. Brunswick, OH, 44212 on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 AM with memorial service to follow at 11 AM. Light refreshments will be served after.
The family gives thanks to the compassionate caregivers and staff of Crossroads Hospice for their extraordinary care. Memorial contributions in memory of Tim can be made out to the VFW Post in Brunswick as well as the Medina County Veteran’s Service Office at 210 Northland Dr, Medina, OH, 44256