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Kris Alan Baringer, 68, a longtime resident of Midland, MI, has left us all too soon, fighting the Big C, cancer. It won, and Kris lost.

Kris was born on 9/1/1950, in Midland, to Robert and Norma (Craig) Baringer. Kris was a lifetime playboy in the respect of motorcycle building, designing and painting, motor cross, sidecar ice racing, water trick skiing, lots of boating, air plane pilot, built a one-man-mini-submarine, and his entire life, from 12 years of age to the present, a drummer with bands as Midnight Rider, Sidewinder, and The Red Eye Band. The other life time hobby of scuba diving, which he also was a Certified Instructor of 10+ years traveling half way around the world guiding groups and families on vacation dive trips.

Kris is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Garrison-Baringer, step-children, Scottie Michael, Sarah Michelle, and Jerami Cass Garrison all in the tri-city area. He also has five surviving grandchildren.

Kris has asked for ‘no’ funeral. He will be entrusted to Smith-Miner Funeral Home of Midland.

“A special thanks to my wife, Mary Ann, step-daughter, Sarah, Steven Harnick, Steve Jones and Sid Cohoon for keeping me semi sane through my battle. Peace Out, Drink Up!”

He will be missed by all who knew him.

God Bless! You did well and your Mother is Proud! That’s what matters.


On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Mary Ann

    30 July 2019 2 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers 😊

  2. Mary Pat Baringer

    28 July 2019 2 years ago

    Mary Ann, I just heard about Kris…My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family….Try to stay strong, it isn’t easy…I still miss Craig every day and it will be 6 years since he passed, September 13th…. I am living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho now and my new phone number is: 208(969)1626, if you ever want to talk…. Kris is in heaven with his brother and parents, and no longer suffering…for that I am glad…Take care of yourself ❤️🙏🌸

  3. Lois Bowen (Surprenant)

    26 July 2019 2 years ago

    Kris’s smile and disposition will be missed by all who knew him. It was a blessing to have known him. What a guy!!! Definitely a loss of a great human being with a zest for life.

  4. Jan & Gary Smith

    25 July 2019 2 years ago

    The worlds best scuba instructor and dive master. Great memories of diving and we wouldn’t be the divers we are without him. We are truly blessed to have crossed paths with Kris. Praying for peace and strength for Maryann and family.

  5. Judy Coons Good

    25 July 2019 2 years ago

    I am sorry for your loss..it isn’t any easier even when you know what’s coming. I will let his son, Chad, know of his dads passing….prayers sent.

  6. Judy

    24 July 2019 2 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss, Maryann. I know it is not any easier even when we know what is coming. I will let his son, Chad, know of his passing…..prayers sent.

  7. Sue (Long)Haney

    24 July 2019 2 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Kris on Elizabeth street. Great guy and friend.

  8. Rich Wasek

    24 July 2019 2 years ago

    Mary Ann, my deepest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Pinky blau

    24 July 2019 2 years ago

    Condolences to the family. REST IN PEACE KRIS

  10. Vickie Maxwell

    24 July 2019 2 years ago

    So sorry for your loss, Kris grew up in the same neighborhood as me, a very talented nice person.

  11. Sherry Witkop

    23 July 2019 2 years ago

    My deepest condolences for you and the kids…..my heart is breaking for you……i am always here for you……love and miss you my friend

  12. Peg Schwab

    22 July 2019 2 years ago

    Oh, Mary Ann. I’m so sorry. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs,
    Peg Schwab

  13. Linda Smith

    22 July 2019 2 years ago

    Rest In Peace Kris.
    You will be missed!

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