Louis S. Baron, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away Sept. 18, in Sarasota, Fla. He was born in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 23, 1923, the youngest of five children of Jacob and Esther Baron.
Lou was inducted into the Army Air Corps on Jan. 11, 1943. He helped train the Tuskegee Airmen. He was later shipped to the western Pacific as part of the armed services now known as the United States Air Force. Upon separation with an honorable discharge on Feb. 22, 1946, Lou was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War All Victory Metal.
After leaving the service, Lou went to work with his brothers learning the grocery business, as well as doing some boxing at Madison Square Garden. Lou loved baseball and had the opportunity to play in the Saint Louis Cardinal Organization.
Lou married Rebecca Rachel Friedman. After the wedding, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Lou open Baron’s Friendly Grocery. After selling this business, Lou bought a larger grocery store which he named Royal Farms Food Store. He later sold this business and bought a catering business and renamed it Barons Gourmet Deli at 2643 Connecticut Ave. NW.
He leaves his son Jack Baron of North Lauderdale, Fla.; his daughter Deborah Levine (Richard Levine) of Sarasota, Fla., his son Lyndon Baron (Maryjane Baron) of Old Town Alexandria; and his daughter Jill Rutenberg (Jack Rutenberg) of Parkland, Fla. Also survived by grandchildren, Jacquelyn Levin (David Levin) of Bradenton, Fla., Alexandra Levine of Sarasota, Joshua of Alexandria, and Jeremy Rutenberg of Parkland; and great-grandchildren, Madeleine Rebecca Levin, Sebastien Braun Levin and Faelynn Rose Levin, all of Bradenton.