Donald H. Bauman Sr., 87, Marengo, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at his home with his loving family near.
He was born Jan. 5, 1929, to Hugo and Esther (Diedrick) in Union.
On Nov. 5, 1949, he married Irene Kastning at St John’s Lutheran Church, Union.
He grew up farming with a team of horses. He graduated eighth grade with two students in the class, a favorite memory of his. His classmate was his dear friend Paul Dumproff.
He was a 20-year veteran in the Illinois National Guard and served as a master sergeant in the Korean War, thereby inheriting the nickname of “Sarg” to his close friends and comrades. He was awarded a Bronze Star. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion, an elder at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Woodstock, and a proud member of the Woodstock Lions Club, where he played Santa Claus at Christmas for children.
He owned Bauman Real Estate in Woodstock and Marengo for 40 years before retiring. He then spent some of his later years working part time for Sears, where he enjoyed working with the public.
He loved hunting, fishing and the Northwoods of Wisconsin where he could spend time with his sons, grandchildren and many friends. He shared crappie fishing experiences with Al Mansfield.
His size, smile, and laughter would brighten every room and the people in it. He was a man of respect, honor and hard work who truly loved and was loved by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Donald Jr., Craig Sr. and Lee Bauman; seven grandchildren, Donald III, Danielle, Carrie (Tom), Craig Jr. (Rachelle), Leah (Brian), Cameron (Michelle) and Jacquielynn Bezik Bauman; two great-grandsons, Adam and Alex; and many nieces, nephews and an aunt, Betty (Diedrick).
He was preceeded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Bauman; and his very close brother-in-law, Delbert Kastning.
Visitation and memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Feb. 13, at St John’s Lutheran Church, 8821 Main St., Union. A luncheon will follow the service.
Memorials can be made to St John’s Lutheran Church, Union.
Arrangements were made by Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.