Barron, Norman Sr.

Norman Theodore Barron, Sr., 89, of Ypsilanti, Mich., died Jan. 8, 2017, at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Norman was born Oct. 14, 1927, in Weston, Mich., the son of Walter and Alice (Dippery) Barron.

He graduated from Michigan State University with an agricultural degree and on April 24, 1959, he married Wanda Raley in Ypsilanti. She preceded him in death Oct. 25, 2002.

Norman and Wanda founded and operated Esquire Cleaners, including the first drive-thru cleaners, and Esquire Interiors. Norman was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Ypsilanti and Gideon’s International. He was a former member of the Ypsilanti Jaycees and the Optimist Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by four children, Carole Rogers of Vero Beach, Fla., Deborah (and Boyd) Wilson of Knoxville, Tenn., Pam (and Marcus) Cripe of Ypsilanti and Ted (and Pat) Barron of Chelsea; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard (and Jan) Barron; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers. 

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Stark Funeral Service  in Ypsilanti. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of service. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. 

Contributions are suggested to Gideon’s International.