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Donald B. Bauman

November 6, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - Services for Donald B. Bauman, 85, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in the Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont, Minn.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the time of service Thursday at the church. Donald passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donald B. Bauman was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Hancock, Minn., the son of John A. and Pearl P. (Leaf) Bauman. As a young boy, Don lived in Wilbert, Minn., prior to moving to Fairmont. He attended school in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School. Following his graduation, Don attended college at Mankato State for two years. In 1946, Don entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany until receiving his honorable discharge in 1948.

On May 14, 1949, Don was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Steppel. Together the couple made their home in Fairmont, where they were blessed with three children:?Gail, Todd and Thomas.

Don worked from 1959 until his retirement in 2009 as an investment adviser and had his own insurance and stock brokerage business, Bauman Financial. In 1980, Don and Lorraine started the Fairmont Chapter of The Compassionate Friends for Bereaved Parents, Grandparents and Siblings. They were very instrumental in the Fairmont Chapter and also served on the national level as a board member for two terms, along with helping to start other chapters and serving as a regional coordinator. Don was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon and also as chairman of the Trustees. In his spare time, Don enjoyed traveling and held fond memories of his trips to Germany. He loved the outdoors and looked forward to playing golf with friends and family. Following the death of his wife, Lorraine, Don took great pride in building a garden in her memory near Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center. Don treasured his roll with Compassionate Friends and served the organization with passion and honor. His kind and gentle words in time of sorrow and caring ways will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched.

Left to cherish is memory is his daughter, Gail Bauman of Bonner Springs, Kan.; son, Todd Bauman and his wife, Bev of East Chain, Minn.; granddaughter, Kate Judd and her husband, Willie of San Diego, Calif.; grandson, William Bauman and his wife, Danielle of Mammoth Lake, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Zoey Judd; one brother, Kenneth Bauman and his wife, Elaine of Byron, Minn.; one brother-in-law, Richard Steppel and his wife, Judy of Dayton, Ohio; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Pearl P. Bauman; his wife, Lorraine Bauman; and a son, Thomas J. Bauman.

The family requests memorials be given in Don's name to Compassionate Friends-Fairmont Chapter.



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