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Alfred Baran

Vancouver, Washington

July 17, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
95 Navy CW4


 He served during WWII in the Aleutian Islands and the South Pacific. Serving for 22 years, CW4 Baran retired from the Navy in 1957.

November 9, 1916 ~ July 17, 2012
"Al was truly a man filled with kindness, 
gentleness and a love of life. When he asked 
"How are you today?", he really meant it. 
Al cared so much about people."

Alfred "Al" Baran, 95, of Vancouver, WA, left this earth on July 17, 2012 surrounded by loved ones after a bought with cancer. He was born in Mosinee, WI to Anna and Stanley Baran. Al attended Dover School and Boy's Technical School in Milwaukie, WI, graduating in 1935. 
This was the height of the Depression and jobs were scarce, so Al joined the Navy. His first ship assignment was aboard the U.S.S. Pennsylvania. During WW II he was a photographer and saw action in the Aleutian Islands and the South Pacific, doing photo recon prior to battle. During his service he photographed Presidents Roosevelt and Truman at the White House, invented a calculator which the Navy mass produced and used to make accurate maps during WW II, and he assisted with aerospace research projects. Al retired from the Navy as CWO-4 in 1957.
After graduating from Clark College and Portland State University, Al taught Contemporary World Problems, English and History and then became a Social worker. He retired in 1979 from the Department of Social and Health Services as a Quality Control Auditor.
Al was widely known for his beautiful yard, carpentry and most of all for his baking. He made the best pies, cinnamon rolls, bread and scones. They were made with tender care and lots of love. 
Al is survived by his wonderful wife and the light of his life, Matilda Rose Buchi Baran; children, Charles and Kathleen Baran, Paul and Mary Alice Baran; special friends, Debbie and Tony Sahli, Steve and Mackenzie Daniels, Sue and Alan McDonald and Linda and Manfred Plickat. 
A celebration of Al's life will be Fri., July 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver, WA. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery with full military honors.

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July 27, 2012

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