Meadville Tribune

November 17, 2012

Zachary Aaron Baker

Meadville Tribune

LINESVILLE — Zachary Aaron Baker, 16, of Linesville, passed away Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

Born March 23, 1996, in Meadville, he was a son of Raymond E. and Heather E. Simmerman Baker.

He was an 11th-grade student at Conneaut Area Senior High School in Linesville. Zachary had a passion for music and was a member of the marching band, concert band and chorus at the high school. Since he was 4 years old, he loved playing soccer. He had been involved with Linesville Little Gridders Football. As a long-time member of the Boy Scouts, he dedicated much time and love to the scouts.

Zachary faithfully attended Linesville First Baptist Church, where he participated in youth group and actively helped with Awana, a children’s ministry. He loved helping people and always brought out the best in others.

Survivors include his parents, Raymond E. and Heather E. Baker; six brothers, Nathan Bortz and his fiancée, Mia Marsili, and their son, Daniel Allen Bortz, Joshua J. Baker, Andrew C. Baker, Matthew N. Baker, Jacob N. Baker and Alexander T. Baker; maternal grandparents, Howard J. and Joan E. Simmerman of Linesville; paternal grandfather, Raymond F. Baker of Leechburg; great-grandfather, Ralph L. Baker of Leechburg; great-grandmother, Geraldine Dunmire of Homosassa, Fla.; an aunt, Heather Dunmire of Homosassa; four uncles, Howard M. Simmerman and his wife, Judy R., of Linesville, Hal L. Simmerman of Linesville, Victor Luce of Oil City, William Birtciel and his wife, Marilyn, of Crete, Ill.; and many cousins, second cousins, great-aunts, and great-uncles.

He was preceded in death by a twin brother and sister, Samuel L. Baker and Abigail L. Baker; and his paternal grandmother, Susan L. Dunmire.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Linesville First Baptist Church, 6114 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.

A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. at the church, with Pastor Art Barnes officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family on the church’s website at

Burial will be in private in Linesville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.

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