Frank Michael Baron, also known as “Mr. Frank”, age 80, of Pleasanton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in San Antonio. He was born to Mary M. Greitzer and Frank F. Baron on May 31, 1938 in Greenville, PA.
Frank was a graduate of Academy High School in Erie, PA and attended Syracuse University, where he began his studies in Intelligence Operations and continued as a Russian Crypto-Analyst in the United States Air Force. He loved to talk about being a “Code breaker” and also told many stories about his adventures while stationed in Misawa, Japan. During his early years in the Air Force, he pitched on the Air Force fast-pitch softball team. Once back in the states, he worked as a Special Research Analyst for the National Security Agency in Maryland. It was during his time at the NSA that his daughter, Becky, was born. He doted on her and caught everything she did in pictures. He also taught her his love for gardening and passed on to her his stubbornness and his love of reading.
Because he was a whiz at math, he began working as an accountant after moving back to Texas. Ultimately this led him to the First Baptist Church Child Development Center, where he became known as “Mr. Frank” to the kids and parents. He loved joking with the kids and giving them “high-fives.” He was especially happy when his youngest granddaughter, Shaylee, started going there. He and his “partner”, Shaylee, were inseparable and he lived to take her anywhere she wanted to go; from the park, to Poppy’s, or just shopping together.
He worked there until his first battle with cancer. He was an eleven year survivor of esophageal cancer. Almost one year ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he was also able to beat.
He was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed putting together puzzles, along with getting his hands dirty in the garden and flower beds. He had a habit of keeping things for “later use” and his oldest granddaughter, Brandi, would always tease him that she was going to show up with black trash bags. He loved his New York Yankees and watching baseball, softball, and college basketball.
He is survived by his loving daughter Becky Huschke and husband James and grandchildren Brandi Rains (Clayton), James Huschke, and Shaylee Huschke, stepdaughter Kathy Hammock (Gary) and grandchildren Jimbo Hammock (Rebecca), Jeana Banta (Brandon), Jessica Long (Corey), Jennifer Campbell (John), and Joey Hammock (Meg), and step-son Dan Swinney (Katrina) and grandchildren Daniel and Justin Swinney, brother, Fred Allen Baron, of Erie, PA, niece Lynda Warner of CA, and four great-grandchildren, who all miss him dearly.
Visitation will be Monday, December 3 from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 4 at 11 a.m. at Hurley Funeral Home with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio at 1:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warrior, and/or American Cancer Society.