A celebration of life for Steven R. Baker, age 58, of Ponca City, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, Enid, with the Rev. Brad Clay officiating. Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the funeral home.
He was born Jan. 9, 1959, in Enid the son of Ralph and Luella Davis Baker and passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Ponca City.
Steve graduated from Pioneer High School in 1977 and then continued his education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He married Kathi Venable, the love of his life, on May 20, 1995, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a well-respected high school football coach around the state of Oklahoma. He began his teaching and coaching career in Newkirk, then went on to Pioneer High School; Allen, Okla.; Bells, Texas and finally Ponca City, where he currently was teaching American History. He invested countless hours in students and athletes throughout his career. He was also an avid OU fan, spending every Saturday watching college football. He was loved by all who knew him and especially by those who had the honor to call him “coach”.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Danny Baker.
He is survived by his wife Kathi, of the home in Ponca City; four children, Brad Clay and wife April, of Edmond, Drew Baker and wife Monica, Brian Baker and Haley Baker, all of Fairview; five grandchildren, Matthias, Ava, Josiah and Sterling Clay, all of Edmond and Britain Baker, of Fairview; a brother, Lindy Baker and wife Connie, of Enid; a sister, Connie Jo Collins and husband Rick, of Enid; sister-in-law, Suzy Baker, of Enid; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Ponca City High School Football Booster Club with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, 2800 N. Van Buren St., Enid, OK 73703 serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com.