Keith Baker, age 71, a New Castle resident, passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 3, 2021 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. He was born December 23, 1949 in Albany, Kentucky, a son of the late Kenneth and Grace (Upchurch) Baker.
Keith was a New Castle resident most of his life and a 1969 graduate of Walter P. Chrysler High School. He was an outstanding athlete, excelling in track and football and setting school records in Junior High School. Keith served three years in the United States Army where he served a Tour of Duty in Germany and one in Greece. He was a recipient of several military awards and recognitions. He was retired from Chrysler Corporation after many years of service. He was a member of U.A.W., Local 371.
Keith loved family activities and enjoyed hosting a family celebration on the Fourth of July for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to turkey shoots, and owning and riding horses. He had a smile on his face and will be remembered as having his “heart and home” open for anyone in need. His most “special time” was spent sharing time with his grandson, Alex, who called him “Pap.”
Left to cherish his loving memory include his wife, Tamey (Poe) Baker, whom he shared over 35 years together; one daughter, Tia (husband, Jim) Davenport of Sulphur Springs, Indiana; a grandson, Alex Davenport also of Sulphur Springs; siblings, Kathy Baker Turner of New Castle, Kermit (Tonda) Baker, Kimble Baker, Kurt Baker, Kelly Baker; a brother-in-law, Tony (Pam) Poe of DesMoines, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including special friends, Sam and Jan Rich of New Castle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kilby Baker and Kameron Baker; his two companion pets, Miss Hoochie and Nickie Jo.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Macer-Hall-Marcum Funeral Home, 2011 East Broad Street, New Castle with Reverend Danny Douglas officiating. Burial will follow at South Mound Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m., until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and U.S. Army.
The Baker family would like to express their heart felt appreciation to Dr. Failinger and the Hancock Regional Hospital nurses/staff for Keith’s excellent care. Funeral directors and staff are honored to serve the Baker family. Online condolences may be made at