Troy Baker

Troy Baker

Troy S. Baker of Otsego, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at his home in Otsego. He was born July 16, 1970 in Plainwell the son of Phillip and Paula (Tice) Baker.

Troy’s family meant everything to him. He was a caring and loving son, father, and grandfather. He loved family get-togethers. He was an accomplished cook, adding much to family meals and holiday dinners. He was an avid sports enthusiast and an Otsego High School graduate where he enjoyed playing football and baseball. For many years he worked with his father in the insurance business.

Surviving are his children, Destiny, Trent and Marissa Baker; their mother, Janet Baker; grandchildren, Elijah and Gabriel Ware; parents, Phil and Paula Baker; sister, Lisa Caldwell; grandmother, Jane Tice; 2 close nephews, Jonathan and Noah Caldwell; aunts, Sharon (Dean) Myers and Denise Mitchell; and cousins Kelli (Matt) Drobny.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leland and Irene Baker, Gerald Tice and Lester “Sam” Goudy.

Friends may visit with Troy’s family Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Darin Youngs officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Troy may be made to the Allegan County Community Foundation or to the Otsego High School Athletic Boosters.

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  1. Colleen O'Neill Ranieri says:

    Phil, Paula & Lisa,

    My heart is heavy with sorrow for all of you. Troy was a fabulous cousin who I shared many happy and fun filled times with. Though we didn’t see each other often; he was always close to my heart. My sympathy and love to everyone!


  2. Dick and Joyce Mills says:

    Paula and Phil, we are just so, so sorry to hear of your loss.
    We didn’t really know Troy but all the same, the loss of ones child is the very worst kind. We love you.
    Dick &Joyce

  3. Scott Stone says:

    I cannot begin to express how deeply saddened I am to hear this news. Troy was a great friend and I will miss him deeply. My thoughts are with his family and numerous friends.

  4. Lisa Murdock says:

    Phil, Paula and Lisa,

    I am so very sorry about Troy. It’s so hard to believe. I will always remember him as that funny little kid I used to babysit all the time. Please know that you are in my thought and prayers. Love to you all –


  5. Tammy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    Tammy (Henckel) Mitchell

  6. Raquel L. Reed (Rife/Silverman) says:

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

  7. Kim (LaDuke) Sparks says:

    Paula, Phil, Janet and kids, I have known Troy since wedwyer steadies in fifth grade…what a great person he was, fun, always full of laughs and a smile. Hearing the unexpected news is a shock but I know that God will lead you through.

  8. Jon & Christine Campbell says:

    Our hearts are breaking for the family. Troy’s laugh was infectious and his smile unforgettable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. gary burd says:

    My deepest condolences to the entire Baker family. Troy and I go way back as friends and teammates. Totally shocked and saddened by his passing. Prayers to all of you.

  10. Steve Guy and Penny Grinage-Guy says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the Baker family. We both have many fun memories of Troy through athletics and the classroom in Otsego. He loved to have fun!

  11. Patti Leonard says:

    I haven’t seen Troy since high school, but while we were on the swim team, he was a great friend, leader, and an amazing role model. He was always so kind to all of us. May God be with his family now. RIP Troy.

  12. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Phil, Paula and Family,.
    We are so very sad to hear about Troy. He was such fun-loving person, always so very nice to all of us. Please know that he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you. Prayers and blessings to all of you. We know this is so very hard to accept. May your family and friends surround you and give you strength.

  13. Kim Main says:

    Family and Friends of Troy,
    My sincerest condolences for the loss of an amazing spirit. From kindergarten to High School we were classmates , I was witness to many of his failures and triumphs through those years. The most prominate characteristic of Troy that stood out for me was his values. He was always fair to one another during the awkward times of fitting in and finding our place, staying true himself and others. I can only imagine that Troy Boy (everyone has called him that at some point,lol) grew up to be just an older version of the boy I used to know:). Some may not know this, but he was one helluva trombone player as well.
    I trust in knowing that I’m a better person today for having known you yesterday my friend, farewell Troy Boy

  14. Carol J Forcier says:

    I am so sorry to hear abour your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  15. Jennifer and Tim Mitchell says:

    Sending our deepest condolences on the loss of Troy. I am certain there can be no greater pain than losing a child, no matter what their age. Keeping you all in our prayers…

  16. The Miller Family says:

    Phil & Paula,
    Sending our most sincere condolences and love to your family at this time. We’re very sad to hear of your loss. If we can help in any way, please let us know. Hugs from across the street! Michael, Kolene, Carsen & Malania

  17. Buffy Leonard says:

    Such sad news. My prayers and thought s are with all of Troys family. Had some great memories in high school with him. Such an amazing guy and i will always cherish his kind heart and friendship. R.I.P. my friend ❤

  18. Emily Mills says:

    Phil, Paula ,Lisa and Jane,

    I was heartbroken to hear about Troy and I’m so sad for your loss.
    Even though I didn’t get to know him as an adult, I know that little spirited boy had to grow up to be warm and loving man. Please know that everyone who cares about you will be sending mental hugs to support you during this tough time. Love, Emily

  19. Bryan Holland says:

    I’m very saddened to hear of Troys passing. I was not close to him beyond high school but have fond memories of his big smile and great personality. My deepest condolences to the entire Baker family. God Bless.

  20. Ruby says:

    I was so sadden to hear the news about Troy, I knew him when he came into Dollar General when I worked there, he was always loud, funny and smiling!! He works make anyone smile, ill never forget him talking of his kids and grandkids he always had something good to say. May God be with the family at this time. Your in myprayers!

  21. Sue Binning says:

    Paula and Phil,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. James Thomas says:

    Janet, Destiny, Trent , Marissa and family/friends of Troy

    My sister (Jennifer Thomas-Powell) told me the news Tuesday night about the passing of Troy. Nothing I could possible say can take my heart felt grief that you are feeling right now. All I can say what help me when my mother died 9 years ago is that God promise his people relief from all troubles in the next world, relief from some troubles in this life. Faithful people throughout the centuries witness dramatic deliverances from sickness, from financial woes, from all manner of troubles. Flesh-and-blood human beings have testified to miracles. Sometimes we aren’t relieved by God. Sometimes we merely endure. This isn’t such a bad thing. We are never nearer to God than when we are troubled. In times of comfort and ease we forget him. In the worst of times, we suddenly remember, “Ah, what if I asked God for help?” Sometimes the answer is the help we pray for. Sometimes the answer is “Lean on me, and you will survive and thrive.” With all that said keep the Lord close to your heart in this time and memory of your father, friend, grandfather, son, cousin, etc. will live on in all of you.

    Psalm 23:1-4
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.

    Psalm 18:2
    Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.

    Psalm 30:5
    God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.

    Psalm 46:1-2
    You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.

    Psalm 126:5
    He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their wounds.

    Psalm 147:3
    “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

    Isaiah 41:10
    “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

    Isaiah 43:2
    “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    “God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
    “God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too.”

  23. Theresa Irving says:

    so sorry for your loss, Troy was a regular at my store, his wit and charm will be greatly missed.

  24. Jan Jameson says:

    I was honored to have coached Troy in Little League many years ago. Many good times we had. This news floored me. Love and prayers go out to Phil and Paula and the whole family. Troy was Good People,and i am honored to have known him. R.I.P,my friend.


  25. Tom & Donna Dunn says:

    So very, very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all, along with your deepest condolences.

  26. Stephanie (Miller) Oldenberg says:

    Phil, Paula and Lisa,
    I am so very sorry to hear the news about Troy’s passing. It’s been many years since I’ve seen Troy, but I have such fond memories of him, and your entire family, as we were growing up in Otsego. I do remember Troy always being full of laughter, serious in sports and an all around happy person.

    My prayers are with you all, and his children, grandchildren and nephews. May God help ease the pain for you all during this time.

  27. Ann Stewart McBee says:

    So sorry…thoughts and prayers go out to Jane, Paula, Phil and the family.

  28. Chris MacBeth says:

    Phil, Paula, Destiny, Trent, Rissa, Janet, Lisa, John and Noah… I cant tell you how sorry I am for your loss! It breaks my heart to think of the pain you all must be feeling right now. So many questions left unanswered, so many memories not made and words not spoken. Right now nothing that is said or done can make a difference while dealing with this pain. As I sit and ponder on memories of Troy I can tell you that he truly had a huge heart! I remember several times when I was having a rough moment where he consoled me and I earnestly felt he meant it. I know over the years, he has had some rough moments of his own and I cant imagine how this may have affected you. I get mad at the enemy of this world, when I think of 6 years ago, this was not the plan that you all had for him, nor was it his plan for himself and his family. He was stolen from you way too early! I pray that he is at peace with our savior in heaven and I pray that you feel peace on earth as you lay his body to rest and hope for the promise of seeing him again some day. May you all feel God’s presence and love surround you at this time and throughout the days ahead. God bless you all. Love, Chris

  29. Mike Hogue says:

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Troy. He was a good man. My family would like to offer our condolences, thoughts, and prayers.
    Michael, Karla, Michelle, and Brooke Hogue.

  30. Rev. Brian Tice says:

    Phil, Paula, and the rest of Troy’s family:
    My sincerest condolences on your loss. You are all in my prayers as you mourn his passing.

  31. Wendy Jo Brown says:

    Troy, I will never forget you. My family and I will keep you alive and well in our hearts every time we go to a baseball game and hear someone yell “this isn’t bush league” or a football game and hear a deep thunderous voice cheer for Otsego. We spent so many sunny afternoons together watching our children grow and enjoying being parents of rowdy boys, and the stories you and bud shared I will always laugh about and I’m sure my other boys will never forget. We love you so much, save us a seat in heaven. See you soon, Wendy Jo, Bud, Hagan, Colin & Mason Brown

  32. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    God bless you all and be with you, so very sorry. My heart and prayers are with you.Troy was so fun, a very amazing spirit, his smile and laugh was something to light up your day..I got to know him cause he came into Dollar General a lot, even when he came in a blah mood he never left without laughing, we gave each other a lot of laughs, thanking God I got to meet and enjoy him. I know he is making everyone smile and laugh in Heaven.

  33. Bob & Sharon Goodrich says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Troy’s passing. We have many fond memories of him from our Otsego days. You are in our prayers.
    John 3:16

  34. Kim (Klumpp) Palmer says:

    I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Troy. I remember him always being able to make anyone laugh. Such a gift! He has touched the hearts of so many people. My thoughts are with you all and I pray that you would feel wrapped up in the love of family and friends as you go through this most difficult time. God bless you all so very much.

  35. Mary Cone Kasprzyk - Forever Curious Children's Museum says:

    My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Eternal Rest Grant onto Troy O’Lord.
    May Eternal Light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed
    Rest in Peace


  36. Kelly Bohl says:

    I will fondly remember Troy’s kindness to all. He was always such a sweet guy.

    So sorry for your loss Paula, Phil and Lisa.

  37. Brad Morrison and Family says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Troy was such a good friend! All our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Baker family.

  38. Vicky Smith Pritchett says:

    Janet, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love you , Vicky Pritchett and Family

  39. Bob Barber says:

    Phil and Paula,

    So sorry for your loss. Way too young a man. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bob Barber

  40. Ellen (Waber) Radke says:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. I spent a lot of time in my childhood with Troys father Phil Bakers family. Thinking of you.

  41. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    We are SO sorry for the loss of Troy! We have lots of memories, especially of high school football games! Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you at this rough time in your lives!

  42. Laura McHenry says:

    I was so sad to hear about Troy.I am so sorry for your loss he was a fun, loving, person.RIP..He will be missed.

  43. Fred and Carol Anderson says:

    Paula, Phil, Lisa, and family: We are saddened by knowing of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Fred and Carol Anderson

  44. Debbie "Fry" Kruse says:

    Phil, Paula, and Lisa:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Troy’s sense of humor and his vivacious laugh in school! I also had the pleasure of him coaching my daughter Lexi along with Destiny on the soccer field. All around great guy and his presence will be missed by all and forgotten by none.

    May you feel the warmth of our amazing community at this time. You are not alone.

  45. Beverly Hoyt Holmes says:

    Please accept my expression of sadness and sorrow at the death of your son. I did not know him, and have not been in contact with OHS schoolmates much since high school…until we all began sharing info on the Vanished Otsego site on FB. I read there of your loss. I lost my husband not long ago and it threw me for a big loop even though he had been in ill health for years. I cannot imagine how you are going to be feeling these next months. I pray your family and friends will be able to help you through this. Take ALL the help you are offered ! I found that sometimes you NEED to let someone help YOU so that they can also get through loss like this. Find someone to listen when you break down, and let them cry with you.

  46. Dene & Linda Hadden says:

    Phil and Paula, We were deeply saddened to hear about Troy. I remember hearing his name at OHS – SHHS football games when he played and I think you introduced him to me when he joined your business. He seemed to be a great reflection of the two of you.

    It is impossible to imagine the loss you are feeling, but you undoubtedly have many, many memories to enjoy that will keep him with you forever.

    Dene and Linda Hadden, South Haven

  47. Joan Walters says:

    Paula and Phil
    So sorry for your loss.

  48. penny browning says:

    Almost a month has slipped by. Do not think we will forget. With Love from the Browning Family.

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