Tom Baker, age 63, of Holt, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born in Detroit on September 21, 1957, beloved son of Leo and Carol (Johnson) Baker. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, graduating from Andover High School and then obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwood University. Tom made his career in the auto sales industry as a buyer, currently working at Shaheen Chevrolet of Lansing.
Tom’s easy-going personality put a smile on the face of all who met him. He loved the outdoors going hunting and playing golf, which he enjoyed with his sons. He followed the Detroit Tigers and was an avid fan of the University of Michigan. His greatest joy though was his family.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 23 years, Patty, and his children Lucy Baker and Cole Baker of Holt, Dana (and Jeremy) Butdorf of South Carolina, and Kyle (and Sarah) Baker of South Carolina. Also, Tom’s brother Dan and Jill Baker of East Lansing, and brother-in-law Shane and Mary May of North Dakota. Nephews and niece Kris (and Jennifer) Elliott, Shawn (and Amy) Elliott, and Keri (and Evan) Strickler. Aunt and grandma to his kids, Judy Sumerix. Tom was predeceased by his parents, his brother Patrick Baker, and his father‑in-law Neil May.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tom’s memory to the “Future Education Fund” through MSUFCU, 200 E. Jolly Rd., Lansing, MI 48911 (for Cole and Lucy).