David H. Baker

February 09, 1929 - August 29, 2020

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Tuesday, September 01, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Wednesday, September 02, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville


Wednesday, September 02, 11:00 AM
Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville


David H. Baker, 91, of Kendallville died Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville

He was born February 9, 1929, in Kendallville to Laurence D. and Frances E. (Johnston) Baker.

He attended Riley Street Elementary School and Kendallville High School, graduating in 1946. This is the time period that he met his best friend and soon to be partner for life, Norma Jean France.

After high school, Dave followed in his Dad’s footsteps and distinguished himself at Indiana University from 1946 to 1950. During his time in Bloomington not only was he busy with classroom work, he enjoyed fraternity life and University activities such as being a member of the Union Board. In his spare time he worked on his family’s peony farms on the west edge of Bloomington and in Corydon, Indiana.

After graduating from I.U. Dave came back to Kendallville and soon married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jean France on September 10, 1950.

Dave worked at Baker’s Peony Farm and Baker’s Orchard during the day and sold insurance in the evening to help make ends meet. The first of six children arrived in June of 1951.

Dave was always thinking of others and how he could serve. That concern for others led him to a lifetime of volunteering and service. Some of his many activities that benefited the Kendallville area were being a lifelong Trinity Church United Methodist member, serving on most committees, including being chairman of the building committee in 1992.

Dave was a lifetime member of the Kendallville Rotary Club, living by the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. Other activities included being an original member of Kendallville Factory Sites, Inc. and an East Noble School Board member at the time of consolidation in the mid to late 1960’s. He was also on the Cole Foundation Board, the Kendallville Day Care Board and was appointed to the State of Indiana Commission for Higher Education in the 1970’s. In addition, he was involved in Community Concerts and was one of organizers for the KHS all class reunions. In 1970, Dave was honored by the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year.

Dave received great joy and satisfaction from his family and his work. In 1969 the family business was incorporated and was known as Bakers’ Fruit and Flower Farm. This truly was a family business, one that all family and extended family members worked at one time or another. Bakers’ served the area for many years with pick your own apples, fresh produce and fresh flowers. Dave was very proud of the number of high school students that got their first work experience at “the Farm”. That original business evolved into what is now Bakers’ Market and Bakers’ Flowers and Gifts.

One of Dave’s most enjoyable jobs over the years was delivering flowers. He took great pleasure in putting a smile on someone’s face or giving comfort to someone with a delivery of flowers. Service above self.

Surviving are two sons, Brad (Charna) Baker of Kendallville and Brian (Doris) Baker of Kendallville; four daughters, Barb (Eric) Burkhardt of Fort Wayne, Beth (Noah) Miller of Columbia South Carolina, Brenda (Mike) Jansen of Kendallville, and Becky (Paul) Brown of Kendallville; 12 grandchildren, Rob (Lisa) Baker, Drew (Ashley) Baker, Cal Baker, Nik (Beth) Burkhardt, Nate (Kayla) Burkhardt, Sarah Baker, Emily (Tim) Ryan, Riley (Joyce) Hedge, Melinda (Joel) Pippenger, Kevin (Amanda) Jansen, Claire Brown, and Heidi Speicher; 17 great-grandchildren, with another on the way; a sister-in-law, Betty Preston of Kendallville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Baker on January 15, 2018, a grandson, Cory Brown, on January 4, 2017.; and a sister Carolyn Moses.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 South State Street, Kendallville with the Reverend Dan Barker officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Calling is Tuesday, September 1, 2020, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Per the Governor of Indiana, face masks are required.

Preferred memorials are to the Cory A. Brown Memorial Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Noble County, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana, 46767, or to Trinity Church United Methodist.

View a video tribute after Tuesday or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Kelli Burrill
September 6th, 2020 7:18pm
Eagle River, Wisconsin

I was so sorry to read of the passing of Dave Baker. He will be missed by so many. My mother, Ruth Fitzpatrick, also passed away on August 29 some years ago. Also interesting to read that Dave and Jean were married in September 1950 as were my parents. I will keep them all close to my heart.

Nancy Trent
September 5th, 2020 1:38am

Remembering your family in our prayers.

Janeen Longfellow
September 3rd, 2020 5:38pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dave was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and community member.

Elaine (Reed) Berkey
September 2nd, 2020 5:20pm

Dear Baker family- I am so sorry for your loss of your father. He and your mother were such pillars in our community. Keeping you all in prayer at this time. God Bless! Elaine (Reed) Berkey

September 2nd, 2020 12:31am

He will be missed by the community! I am thankful to have known him for a long time. My prayers are with so many that survive. God Bless you all and may the peace of God be with you.

Connie Allen
September 1st, 2020 6:38pm
DeKalb County Special Olympics

Deepest condolences to the entire Baker Family. All our thoughts and prayers. Your friends at DeKalb County Special Olympics

Jon & Andrea Preble
September 1st, 2020 5:18pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Sending love to the entire Baker/Burkhardt family! Though we never met Dave personally, we are blessed to know his grandson Nate and family. May God continue to be glorified through Dave's legacy.

Robert and Connie Ashby
August 31st, 2020 10:34pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of another of Kendallville's finest, hard-working businessmen. He was always friendly. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family!

Mark & Barbara Schuyler
August 31st, 2020 9:10pm

Truly a very special friend. He will be missed. Prayers and condolences to the Baker family.

Amber (Herczeg) Field
August 31st, 2020 7:13pm
Naples, FL

Dear Baker Family, Extending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father. He will be missed as a community leader and a friend to all. Barb, the memories are ever lasting..great times we had!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all God Bless. Amber

Gene and Cheri Holcomb
August 31st, 2020 1:24am
Lee’s Summit, MO

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Baker! He was such a true gentleman and a strong Christian. He will be missed by all!

Deb Rothhaar
August 31st, 2020 12:47am

So very sorry to hear about Dave. I enjoyed having Dave and Jean as my closest neighbors in Kendallville and talking about backyard birds and flowers with them. I miss them both. Praying for your families.

Marsha Moses Kingery
August 31st, 2020 12:44am
Greentown Indiana

The entire Baker Family has my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. He will be truly missed.

Loren Heinlen
August 30th, 2020 9:55pm
Lagrange, Indiana

Val and I were saddened to read of Dave's passing - a great loss to his family and community. I have very pleasant memories of working for Dave and his family at the old orchard in the late 60's - pruning trees, mowing lanes, picking apples for eating, baking and cider, tending the massive flower beds, and, of course, listening to the WOWO Top 40 on the radio while we made and packaged "Little Friend Hook Holders" in the shop during rainy days. Thanks Dave!

Connie Gladd
August 30th, 2020 9:24pm
Kendallville in

Deepest sympathy to your family. He was a wonderful man

Nancy and Dan Diggins
August 30th, 2020 7:39pm
Rome City, Indiana

So sorry to see the news of Dave’s passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. He will be truly missed.

August 30th, 2020 7:35pm
Bixby, OK

August 30th, 2020 7:25pm
Coronado, Ca

Pleasant memories of childhood visits to the orchard and later, the market when our Family came to Kendallville to visit family.

Ted Kirschner
August 30th, 2020 4:56pm

Brian and Doris, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your father. What an effect he had on Kendallville over the years, including families like ours picking apples. Your parents raised kind and hard working people. Love Ted and Carrie

Alanna Coffelt
August 30th, 2020 3:04am

Brad and family, I'm sorry to hear that you lost your father but I know he was a very good man because all of your kids turned out so wonderful. I was in your class for many years until we were freshmen and move to Ligonier. I just know that you were very nice person and I hope your family is all doing okay.

Angel R Williams
August 30th, 2020 2:21am
Rome City

I am so sorry for your loss. David ess such a wonderful man to care for. He always had a beautiful smile on his face. He will be greatly missed. May God help you heal in the difficult days ahead