Verheyden Funeral Home, Inc.

Contact Us: 1-800-VERHEYDEN / 1-800-837-4393
Grosse Pointe

16300 Mack Avenue
313-881-8500

Detroit
Risko Chapel

7100 Michigan Avenue
313-841-8284

Don Graham Chapel
313-849-0120

“The Same Always To All”

Warren
Duross – Weitenberner Chapel

28499 Schoenherr Road
586-756-5530

Clinton Township

43300 Garfield Road
586-286-6400

Eastpointe
Schultz Chapel

21705 Gratiot Avenue
586-775-2200

Cantrell Chapel

313-821-9040

Theron Curtis Baganz
October 17, 1928 - April 16, 2021

Theron Curtis Baganz

Theron Curtis Baganz
Oct 17, 1928 - Apr 16, 2021

Theron Curtis Baganz

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Theron Curtis Baganz, 92, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021. The former longtime Grosse Pointe Park resident was born on October 17, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to (the late) Edward Curtis Baganz and (the late) Cecelia Anna Baganz (nee: Hadler).

He spent his youth in the "Little Venice" area of Detroit, moving to Grosse Pointe Park during his teen years and spent his summers on Harsen's Island, Michigan. He attended the fourth grade in the small school building (now a restaurant) on the island.

He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School (now Grosse Pointe South High) in January 1949 and in 1955 from Lawrence Institute of Technology in Highland Park, Michigan where he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and studied mechanical engineering.

Theron met Jeanette Marie Jacobs at Grosse Pointe High School and they married on July 26, 1957.

Theron started working at 13 in a coal yard. At age 14 he got a special driver's license, because he was the "man of the house" while his father was away on the lake freighters throughout most of the year. He was a lifeguard, swim and dive instructor at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, and American Turners of Detroit (Turnverein). He worked at Steel Door Corporation of Pontiac, Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Research to Reality (inventor), Uniroyal Tire Company, and owned a Ford Tractor and Implement division in Lapeer, Michigan.

Theron enjoyed tinkering and building or repairing anything mechanical, automotive or marine. He was an avid swimmer, ice skater, and boater, especially sailing and small outboards. Some of you will understand it when we say he was a Harsen's Island river rat. He was such an accomplished ice-skater that he was asked to join the Ice Capades to travel the country in their shows (his mother convinced him not to). He was a well-known diver and received many medals. At 16 he built a 12 foot sailboat that he helped design, making the rigging and sewing one of the sails. He designed a hydroplane boat and made racing propellors. He could build or repair anything. He "souped" up many cars and outboard motors and experimented with building injection systems, exhaust extensions, dual carburetors (before it was a thing). Theron could completely overhaul a car (or lawn mower, or any engine) from top to bottom, including the paint and bump work. He built a house and several garages. He could repair anything from a clock to a microwave, from a washer or an antique automobile engine, often building his own parts. Theron loved to read and keep up with current events. He and Jeanette were longtime Cadillac LaSalle Club members and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow antique car enthusiasts.

He is survived by his daughters Celia Baganz and Dina Keeler, four grandchildren, Kristen, Steven, Marla, and Jeanette and one great grandchild, Dante.

Arrangements entrusted to Chas. Verheyden, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan, Hillsdale.edu

There are no tributes yet.

We encourage you to show your support by adding a tribute above:

  • Share your favorite memory of Theron
  • Offer your condolences to the family
  • Light a virtual candle

Videos

Photos

Add a photo

The services for Theron have not yet been added. Please sign up below to be notified when the services are ready.

Get Notified When a Service is Added

Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

-
+

Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Jane Doe ×

What's your email address?

What Would You Like Written on the Card?

Choose a Delivery Date

* Note: Flower deliveries are limited to the highlighted delivery dates. Sunday deliveries are not available for flowers. We will try and accommodate early morning deliveries but need a 48 hours notice on placing orders for flowers. We cant not guaranteed early morning delivery if the order was placed late in the day.

Where Would You Like To Deliver To

 
 

No obituaries found

Product Details

Loading...

Product Name

Description

$0

Theron Curtis Baganz

Sign in to add your memory

Login with Facebook

We will never post without permission

Just for verification: we never spam!

Theron Curtis Baganz

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Theron Curtis Baganz

Add to Your Calendar

Theron Curtis Baganz

Obit Checkin

Theron Curtis Baganz

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Theron Curtis Baganz

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Theron Curtis Baganz

Get Updates - SMS notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Theron

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Send Flowers Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Theron leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook