Richard T. Baron

LAURIUM – Richard T. Baron, 53, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 10, 2013.

He was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on February 29, 1960, a son of Joseph and Florence Baron. He attended Calumet Schools graduating in 1978. He attended University of Michigan and Michigan Technological University. He also attended and taught at the B. Allen Mackie School of Log Home Building in Prince George, British Columbia Canada and was president of the Great Lakes and International Log Builders Associations. He built many log homes in his early career and later built up an instrument wood supply company.

He married the former Mary Rastello in August 1986.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Joseph and Florence Baron of Naples, Fla.; his wife, Mary; son, Henry at home; daughter, Madeline (Jessey) Poissant of Findlay, Ohio; a brother, Joseph of Evanston, Ill.; sisters, Lorri (Rick) Oikarinen of Calumet, Annette (Pete Kahn) of Ann Arbor and Evelyn (Steve) Sommerlot of Lansing, Mich. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister Cecilia Baron.

He lettered in several high school sports and was a certified scuba instructor. He loved baseball having been a catcher from little league on up to twilight league and coached for many years. Rick had a great sense of humor. He loved fishing, music, singing, drumming, sharing a beer at a campfire, and generally having a good time. He was addicted to Fox news, hot peppers and pickled fish! But above all, he loved his wife and children and thought Jessey was OK. Rick led a very adventurous life. He always put others first and was very giving. He gave the gift of life by becoming an organ and tissue donor. In his words “if they can find any good parts, they can have them.” We love him very much and will miss him greatly.

All who loved Rick are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 14th with Rev. Fr. Abraham Mupparathara to officiate.

Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.