Lionel Francis Baker

Born: Sat., Mar. 16, 1940
Died: Wed., May 11, 2011


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., May 12, 2011
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 12, 2011
Location: Midland Location

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Fri., May 13, 2011
Location: St. Josephs Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., May 13, 2011
Location: St. Josephs Catholic Church

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Midland, MD

Lionel Francis Baker, 71, of Paradise Street, Midland died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland. Born on March 16, 1940 in Frostburg he was the son of the late, Lionel D. Baker and Catherine (O'Brien) Baker.

Lionel was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Midland where he was a lecturn and part of the parish council for many years.  Lionel was a recipient of the Catholic Medal of Honor for his service to the church.  He was also a member of Knights of Columbus #1442, Midland Sportsmen's Club, Allegany County Election Board, a life member of Midland Volunteer Fire Department and the Midland Town Treasurer for over fourty years.

Lionel graduated from Valley High School and earned a Masters Degree from Frostburg State University. He taught at Valley and Westmar High School for 43 years. During his time teaching he was active in many extra-curriculur activities for many years, including yearbook advisor and teacher sponsor of the annual end-of-the-year Kennywood trip.  He is best remembered for his enthusiam as a head football and wrestling  coach.  After his retirement he was still tutoring students.

In addition to all of Lionel's activities he was a local tax preparer, a bingo caller and enjoyed playing cards with a close group of fellow teachers. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, and his dog Tootsie.

He is survived by his wife Eileen (Coulehan) Baker; four sons, Douglas Baker and wife Julie of Midland, Lionel Baker and wife Stacey of Rawlings, Ted Baker and wife Julie of Midland and Jeffrey Baker and wife Lyndsey also of Midland.; eleven grandchildren, Taylor, Carlin, Emma, Teddy, Lyle, Anne, Connor, Kate, Chris, Ellie and Charlie; one sister, Julie Brubaker of Midland; one brother Jack Baker and wife Shirley of Midland; two brothers-in-law, Tommy and Rip Coulehan and wife Shawn and numerous nieces and nephews including one special nephew, John Stewart.

Family and Friends will be received at the Eichhorn-McKenzie Funeral Home P.A. (, Midland  on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. The Midland Volunteer Fire Company will hold a memorial service at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Midland with Father James Hannon, celebrant. Family and friends will be received at the church from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM that day. Interment will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery, Midland and music will be accorded by Bill Burnwell and Vic Baker.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Midland Vol. Fire Company Building Fund at PO Box 53, Midland, MD 21542 or the Georges Creek Ambulance Service at PO Box 155, Lonaconing, MD 21539.

Pallbearers will be Ed Campbell, John Cullen, Rip Coulehan, Gary Marsh, Leonard Hughes and Wayne Nicol

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Sarge Garlitz
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
To the Baker Boys,
This is a sad day on the CRICK. A good friend and a great persons who set standards for many students that will never forget. The Garlitz family sends deep sympathy to the Baker Boys and the Baker Family. A special moment has been taken at the "beach in the east".
Billy II

Regina & Jim "Walnut" Spiker
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
It is with great sadness we write this message of sympathy. We thought the world of Mr. Baker and like everyone who knew him, have very fond memories. Hugs & prayers being sent your way....

Regina Spiker, Debbie Hartman, and Kelly Kidwell
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
We shall miss Mr. Baker at the George''s Creek Regional Library - we enjoyed talking with him almost every day. We were amazed to see him up to three times in a day!! He was so good with the teens he tutored and of course had such a funny sense of humor. Mere words can not express our sadness at his passing. May God, family, and friends comfort you.....

Mike Foote
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
To the entire Baker Family, you are all in our thoughts, and prayers. Lionel was one of the finest people I ever met. He was a great Teacher, Coach, and Friend to each, and every student who ever went through Valley High School. He was one of a kind, and left a big impression on my life. My wife Sarah, and I are thinking of each, and every member of your family at this most difficult time.
Mike & Sarah Foote

Barbara and Gary Wolff
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Eileen and family---

We were so surprised and saddened by the news of Liney''s passing. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. May all your special memories help to lessen the sadness, and make you smile sometime in the future.

Barb and Gary

Sally Steiding McCalla
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
My sympathy to the Baker family. Lionel was a good friend from Valley Class of ''58. Words are inadequate to express the deep sadness I feel.
Sally Steiding McCalla, Mariposa, California

John and Debbie Teets
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
We are so sad to learn of Mr. Baker''s passing. Our children loved his teaching style. He was so very kind to us when our son Jonathan passed away. God Bless.

   Posted Thu May 12, 2011

Jerry and Owen Lancaster
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Prayers go out to you

Mike & Barbara Cullen
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Eileen & Family:

We send our deepest sympathy to both you and the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Per your request, we are planning to send a donation to the Midland Fire Co. in memory of Lionel.

Mike & Barbara

Susie Malloy RN
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
I am sorry for your loss. Lionel was a lucky man to have such a loving family. It was very evident that you all cared very deeply and wanted what was best for him. Take care. Susie RN

Aggie and Terry Llewellyn and Bill Urbas
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
It was with sadness of hearing of the passing of such a significant member of our Midland community. Lionel''''s dedication to his town and church will always be a part of my memories of growing up in Midland. He has left legacy of service to be cherished in the hearts of his loved ones and the Midland community. Our thoughts and prayers are for his wife and family.

Patricia (Manley) and Jim Powers
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Eileen and family,
Jim and I are so very sorry to hear of Lionel''s passing. We wish to express our heart felt sympathy to you and your family. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Our love and prayers are with you
Patricia and Jim Powers

Chris Shertzer
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Know that your family is in our prayers. Bake was a special man who touched everyones life. When I would visit home and see him we always talked of football and high school days. May God be with you all at this your time of need.

Mike & Barbara Cullen
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Eileen & Family:

To both you and the family, we send our deepest sympathy. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Per your request, we plan to send a donation to the Midland Fire Co. in memory of Lionel.

Mike & Barbara

Paula Moses Cheshire
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Mr. Baker was my favorite teacher and I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Eileen and the rest of the Baker family. God bless.
Paula Moses Cheshire
Elkins, WV

Cathy Coleman
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
Eileen and family,

It is with deepest sympathy that I write this note to express my feelings of sadness for you and your family. I always thought so much of Lionel and you. Your boys used to come up to the house and ask me to come and play. I babysat a few times too before moving West. Lionel was a wonderful teacher, I still remember things I learned in 7th grade from him. I also got to practice my writing when we talked in the library and had to write, I must not talk, etc., etc., lol. He was a kind man that care about kids and their future. Again, my condolences. God bless you and your family.

Rick Duckworth
   Posted Fri May 13, 2011
My sympathy and condolences to the Baker Family (Mrs Baker, Lionel, Ted, Jeff, Doug). Mr. Baker was a nice man and well respected.
Rick Duckworth

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