Stephen R. Baron, Jr.

Stephen R. Baron, Jr., 78, of West Bend, died on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, in his residence surrounded by his loved ones, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Stephen was born on June 22, 1928 in Flushing, N.Y. to the late Stephen Robert Baron Sr. and Mercedes M. (Posthauer) Baron.

At age 14, he entered the U.S. Navy, under age, and served his country during World War II.

On May 26, 1951, he married Theresa Mende.

The two leave behind a wonderful legacy of 11 children: Regina (Armen) Melkonian of Baldwin, N.Y., Susan Baron of Sanford, Fla., Stephen (Darlene) Baron of Bayside, N.Y., Robert Baron of Queens, N.Y., Timothy Baron of Robinson, Ill., Andrew (Lois) Baron of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Thomas (Deborah) Baron of Bethpage, N.Y., Mary (Michael) Farrell of West Bend, Anne (Mark) Houseman of Hunters-ville, N.C. and Nancy (Jon) Rose and Therese (Brian) Hansen, both of West Bend; 16 grandchildren, Tara (Eric) Tilstra, Mary (Daniel) Hillman, Steven, Michael and Jonathan Baron, Alex and Faith Baron, Tyler and Casey Baron, Christina Baron, Michael and Theresa Farrell, Robert and Benjamin Houseman, Gabrielle and Seth Rose; and a great-grandchild, Isabella Tilstra.

He is survived by all of his 11 children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, his brother, Charles (Kathy) Baron, and sisters, Roberta (Mark) Altman and Joanne (Bill) Antoinides.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Mende Baron, in 1994.

After the death of his wife, he met his beloved companion, Ruth Wysocki, whom he has been with ever since.

Our father led a colorful and adventurous life. After serving in the military, he went on to finish high school and attended the Colorado School of Mines where he became a metallurgist.

However, his first passion in life was following in his father-in-law’s footsteps and becoming a New York City fireman with Engine 2 Co.

After becoming disabled in the line of duty, he beat all odds and went on to become a top welder in his field.

He traveled extensively throughout the world providing training and technical assistance on welding techniques.

He retired in 1994.

Stephen was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Loyal Order of the Moose, Knights of Columbus Society, and was a member and past president of the American Welding Society, Long Island Chapter.

He also enjoyed his time volunteering for the Salvation Army of Washington County as a bell ringer during the holiday season.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be held at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend, on Thursday, Nov. 16, after 4 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 p.m. which will be followed by a vigil service.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Immaculate Concep-tion Catholic Church, West Bend, with a lunch to follow at the VFW Post in West Bend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated and will be donated to several charities of Stephen’s and the family’s choice.

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