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Norwalk coach dies from injuries in wrong-way driver crash on I-90

By Brandon Addeo • Mar 8, 2019 at 11:39 PM

SANDUSKY — A Sandusky man died this week from injuries suffered in a Feb. 11 crash in Lorain County.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Baur, 28, of Sandusky and formerly of Huron, died in Stein Hospice Care Center Monday, according to his obituary.

Baur died of injuries he sustained after a wrong-way driver hit his car head-on on Interstate 90 in Sheffield Village, near Lorain, Sheffield Village police Chief Larry Bliss said.

The other driver allegedly entered Interstate 90 driving eastbound in the westbound lane, Bliss said.

The alleged wrong-way driver remains hospitalized and will likely be charged, police said. 

“It’s still under investigation, we’re still gathering facts,” Bliss said. “There are a few loose ends we need to tie up.”

Born in Big Spring, Texas, Baur graduated from Huron High School in 2008 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard, his obituary states.

He was heavily involved in local soccer, and coached junior varsity soccer at Norwalk High School, along with a youth soccer team.

Baur also had a “passion” for scuba diving, and he earned a certification as a rescue diver, according to his obituary. He also loved snowboarding.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Foster Funeral Home at 410 Main Street in Huron, the obituary states. Closing prayers will be recited at 9:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Huron — where Baur was a member.

Baur will be buried at the Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.

Below is his full obituary:

Jeffrey G. "Jeff" Baur, 28, of Sandusky and formerly of Huron, died Monday night, March 4, 2019, in Stein Hospice Care Center, following an automobile accident.

He was born July 15, 1990, in Big Spring, Texas, and graduated from Huron High School in 2008. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked for Jack Casino in Cleveland and for Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Huron.

Jeff was very involved in the soccer world, where he was either playing, coaching or organizing leagues. He coached JV soccer for Norwalk High School and helped coach an area youth soccer team; he played in co-ed leagues and organized/ played in several other adult leagues.

He led a very active lifestyle outside of soccer. He was involved in rock wall climbing and had a passion for scuba diving, which led to a certification in rescue diving. He also loved snowboarding and took trips outside of Ohio to pursue this interest. He was very close with his family and friends and loved to play cards and video games any chance he had.

He is survived by his parents, Tim and Pam (Hosang) Baur; twin brother, Justin (Aubrey) Baur; nephew, and light of his life, Landon Baur; three aunts, Colleen Baur, Kathy (Gene) Fantozzi, and MaryBeth (Kevin) Wadsworth; two uncles, James (Loretta) Baur and Denny (Joan) Hosang; birth father, Steve (Michelle) Decker; sister, Jordan Decker; brother, Tevin Decker; and several cousins.

Jeff was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Kathryn (Green) Hosang; paternal grandparents, Julius "Corky" and Mary (Clark) Baur; sister, Angela Baur; aunt, Rosemary Baur; and uncle, Michael Baur.

Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, 410 Main St., Huron. Closing prayers will be recited at 9:45 a.m. Monday, March 11, at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m., at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Huron. The Rev. Jeff Sikorski will officiate. Burial will be at the Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or Huron Boys Soccer Program, c/o HHS, 710 Cleveland Rd. West, Huron, OH 44839.

Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be shared with the family by visiting fosterfh.com.

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