Greg was born in Barnesville Hospital on March 23‚ 1959‚ the son of John and Lois Baker of Lewisville‚ Ohio. He attended Lewisville Elementary School and was a graduate of Skyvue High School and Swiss Hills Vocational School. He married his loving wife‚ Chris‚ on October 11‚ 1980. They were blessed to be together for 31 years. They are the extremely proud parents of one daughter‚ Nikki Von Baker Lude‚ born March 28‚ 1983‚ and her husband‚ Jeremy‚ who were married June 11‚ 2011. Greg was the brother of Steve Baker and Rhonda (Kevin) Marshall. He is also survived by nieces‚ Cody (Josh) Booher and Casey Marshall; nephews‚ Chad Baker‚ Scott Marshall‚ and Carson Piatt; great-nephew Brayden Baker; mother-in-law‚ Carolyn Kindle; brother-in-law‚ David Piatt; and Duane and Trish Piatt. He had three loving dogs‚ Lexie‚ Maggie‚ and Layla.
Greg was president of Baker & Sons Equipment Company and Fire Chief 701 of the Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department‚ a member of the Monroe County Firefighters’ Association‚ board member for the Paul Bunyan Show‚ Monroe County CIC‚ Stafford Masonic Lodge‚ Woodsfield Moose‚ Woodsfield Eagles‚ Monroe County Water Board‚ and Lewisville Community Center.
As chief of the Lewisville Fire Department‚ Greg lost his life responding to a barn fire on November 20‚ 2011. He suffered a heart attack and later died with his family by his side. Greg Baker left his impressive mark on everyone he ever touched. He will be remembered as a high-spirited individual who contributed without limit to the world around him. His concern for improving the quality of life was truly evident. His absence to our family‚ friends‚ and community will be forever felt.
He was my loving husband and Nikki’s devoted father‚ a man who will forever live in our hearts. His legacy of care and commitment will never be forgotten. The world is a richer place for having him in it‚ and he will forever be missed. As his wife and mother of his child‚ I mourn his absence‚ and I will forever feel blessed to have had him as my partner. Not a day goes by that I do not ask why God took him so young. He had so much to live for. Why him? Why us? I did not truly understand until in my dreams God told me it was his time‚ I needed him‚ and I did not let him suffer. He went out of this world with all his glory and exactly how he wanted it. Although he knew that you and Nikki would be profoundly hurt by this‚ he knew he had instilled the right confidence in you both that you will forever make him proud.
We will for all eternity love‚ honor‚ and respect Chief 701.