Chris was a lifelong resident of Lansing, MI. He was the founder of Baryames Cleaners and Baryames Tuxedo Shops. Chris was born on March 28, 1923, to Art and Helen Baryames. Chris attended Central High School as well as Michigan State University. After serving in the Army as a bombardier navigator, Chris returned to Lansing and expanded the National Hat Shop and Newsstand with his sisters into what is now known as Baryames Cleaners. In the 1960’s, Chris was a Councilman-at-large for the City of Lansing.
After retiring in 1980, Chris and Betty traveled extensively. Chris was an avid skier and golfer. He was a huge fan and booster of Michigan State University.
Chris is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Christie Baryames of Longmont, CO, Chris A. “Sparty” (Sherie) Baryames, Jr. of Grand Ledge, MI, Paul (Jane) Baryames of Boulder, CO, Linda (Jeff) Southern of Redondo Beach, CA; two grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Baryames of Grand Ledge, MI.
As per Chris’ wishes, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1701 E. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48912. The Baryames family would like to extend special thanks to Mary Hedberg and Paula Clark for their loving care, and to the great staff and customers at Sparty’s Coney Island who enjoyed many hours of banter with Mr. “B.” Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.