Stanley “Stan” Baldridge, 62, Claypool, passed away May 19, 2020 at 11:35 p.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. On May 31, 1957, Stan was born to A.J. and Eva Marie (Reffitt) in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Stan enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. Although he was stoic and reserved, people knew he cared about them. He was family oriented and proud of what he had, because he worked hard for everything he had acquired. Stan would often work 12-14 hour days at Dalton’s to provide for his family and then come home to work on the farm. When Stan and Karen started dating, she had a few stipulations, one of them being her children would come with them on their first date. His reply, “Great. I love kids.” They were then married Nov. 22, 1982 at the county courthouse at 9 a.m. They kissed just as the clock struck 9 a.m. and the bells rang. He was a handy man that could fix anything and a great husband, dad, and grandpa. He didn’t have to, but he would always step up and help those in need.
Stan will be dearly missed by his wife Karen Baldridge, Claypool; one son, Jeremy (Mellissa) Cox, Wabash; one daughter, Karie (Michael) Bruder, North Manchester; two brothers, Gary (Merry) Baldridge, Claypool; and Jack (Dana) Baldridge, Palestine; one sister, Phyllis (Tim) Evans, Disko; one brother-in-law, Jeff Harper; one sister-in-law, Reese (Mark) Morris; three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles and Paul Baldridge, and one sister, Darlene Harper.
Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior. Pastor Sebrena Cline will officiate the service and burial will be held at Sidney Cemetery, State Road 13 & 850 South, Sidney, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Stanley Baldridge, memorial contributions may be made to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, 3634 W Market St UNIT 110, Akron, OH 44333 or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.