Carleton J. Baker, 84, residing in Sandusky, passed away after a lengthy illness, Sunday evening, Jan. 20, 2013, in his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Flat Rock, Ohio, on Sept. 26, 1928, to Lester and Esther (Kohlmeyer) Baker.
Carleton was a veteran of the U. S. Navy from 1950-1954, and was a firefighter in Alaska. He obtained his pilot’s license in 1955 in Miami, and received his A & E in Aerodynamics, and was a private pilot for Sky Tours at the Griffin Airport. Carleton retired from the NASA Lewis Research Center in Sandusky and Cleveland after many years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Huron Yacht Club, and the Sandusky Sailing Club. In his spare time, Carleton enjoyed sailing, flying, motorcycling, and ice boating.
He is survived by his sons, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Baker of Sandusky, and Gregory Baker of California; daughter, Lisa (Donald) Barnhart of Huron; six grandchildren, Ben, Brittany, Cody, Dylan, Brooke, and Shawna Lynn; two great-grandchildren, Landyn, and Savannah; and his sister, Lorraine Hill of Sandusky.
Carleton was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Groff Funeral Home and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. A Memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Carleton’s memory may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or www.steinhospice.org.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.