Lorene Baker Sloop, age ninety-eight, passed away at Aspen Trace Assisted Living Facility on Friday, September 2, 2022. She was a former resident of Bargersville.
Survivors include a son; Keaney (Susan) Sloop of Greenwood; three children: Kyle (Melissa) Sloop of Greenwood, Kea (Brady) Toothaker of Longmont, Colorado, Kurt (Jennifer) Sloop of Washington DC; and six grandchildren: Cole, Carly, Kye and Kendall Toothaker, Ella Jean and Audrey Sloop. Also surviving are brothers John (Marilyn) Baker and Stephen Jesse (Kay) Baker and several nieces and nephews.
Lorene was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-six years, OJ Sloop, Jr., father Custer Baker, mother Mildred Eccles Baker, and mother, Jessie Bartley Baker. Also preceding her in death were brothers: Lloyd, Sherman V, Noel and Tim Baker: sisters Mary Lynn Yates and Ramona Carter.
Lorene was born on March 6, 1924 in the village of Providence. She attended Union Twp School and graduated from high school in 1942.
Lorene was co-leader of the Ramblers all four years of high school with best friends Doris (Utterback) Deer and Joann (Wheeler) Shuler. It was a great salute, finishing second to Evelyn (Park) Brown. She was selected to attend Fair State School and won the Johnson County Elocution Contest and placed second in the State Contest.
She was a member of the Providence Christian Church for eighty-six years and was baptized on April 12, 1936.
Lorene and OJ grew up together in Providence. They were high school sweethearts. OJ the Ramblers basketball star and her inspiration. They were married on January 4, 1944 before OJ was sent to serve in the German infantry during World War II. When OJ entered the war, Lorene went to work at Bridgeport Brass to support the war effort. During the war, she lived with her in-laws, Otto and Mae Sloop.
After the war ended, OJ and Lorene settled in Providence. OJ began his coaching career at Union Twp High School. As always, Lorene was his most loyal fan. Lorene loved playing basketball. Her father, mother-in-law, husband and son were all basketball coaches. However, it is possible that her favorite coach was the legendary IU coach, Bobby Knight.
In 1960 the family moved from Providence to Bargersville as OJ became the Director of Athletics at Center Grove High School. Bill Randolph gave Lorene a job at the Franklin Bank and Trust Co. where she worked for twenty-five years, retiring in 1985. At Franklin Bank, Lorene made many lifelong friends.
Lorene was an avid golfer and bowler. She and Dorothy Clements spent many hours connecting. She convinced her brother John’s wife, Marilyn, to become an archer. Lorene loved to play Euchre. She especially enjoyed having her grandson, Kye, as a partner.
As the years waned and the passing of friends and family took place, Lorene stayed in touch with her childhood friend, Ester (Wilson) Moore of Marco Island, FL and Ina Lou Smith, formerly of Union Twp.
A candlelight vigil will be held at the Union Twp Alumni Banquet on Sept. 17 in honor of Lorene and other graduates this year. Lorene won’t lead the school fight song but she will listen.
Rev. Steven Sorensen will be holding an outdoor service on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Providence Christian Church. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery following the service. Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Christian Church or the Blind Association of Metro Washington (gomwaba.org).
Expressions of care and sympathy may be sent to the family at www.flinnmaguire.net