Harold A. Baumann

Sept. 15, 1929 - Sept. 30, 2007

Harold A. Baumann, 78, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his home. He was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Lebanon, to Fred W. and Louise (nee Minning) Baumann.

Harold attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School in Lebanon and was a graduate of Watertown High School. On Sept. 23, 1950, Harold married the former Marjorie Kuehl at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lebanon. He farmed until his retirement at the age of 62. He had also been employed part time at Holz Motors Inc., Watertown, for 15 years. Harold was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon, where he held many offices in the church and school. Harold was vice president of Watertown Musicians Association Local #469. He enjoyed playing softball and was a mean pitcher in Watertown, Lebanon and Ixonia. He bowled with the Lebanon Spot League at Ashippun and Hustisford, as well as with the Saturday night couples league and Tuesday senior league. They won many championships in all their leagues. Harold had also been a member of the Lebanon Fire Department. Music was a big part of Harold’s Life. He was blessed with the ability to play a wide variety of instruments and musical styles, some instruments with formal training and others were self-taught, which included everything from clarinet and saxophone to bass drum and stump fiddle.

From its beginning more than 40 years ago, Harold was an original member of the Yankee Dutchman Solar Powered Precision Marching Band, participating in parades across the state. His dear friend, Will Eske, who passed last week, was the band leader and Harold was the heart beat, ever present on the bass drum. We can hear them together now playing "Jingle Bells" in the middle of summer.

For many years, Harold played with the Oconomowoc Legion Band and participated in numerous national award competitions and played in major events across the country, including the 1959 Rose Bowl Parade. In his earlier years, Harold played with the Lebanon Band, the Will Eske Orchestra, the Jimmy Hartwig Orchestra and many others.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Watertown; four children, Joan (David) Oestreich, Joyce (Howard) Gutzdorf and John (Lynn) Baumann, all of Watertown, and Jane (Craig) Bentz of Park Falls; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Catherine) Oestreich, Michael (Jessica) Oestreich, Rebekah Oestreich, Karrisa (Michael) Hurtgen, Rachel Gutzdorf, Brent Baumann, Courtney Baumann and Kylee Bentz; five great-grandchildren, Zachary, Margaret, Jayda, Jasmyn and Carsten; a sister, Meta Turke; a brother, Waldemar (Gladys) Baumann of Watertown; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, William Turke.

Relatives and friends may visit 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown, and from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Oct. 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lebanon, with the the Rev. James O’Reilly Christensen officiating. Burial will be in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the charity of one’s choice.

The family would like to thank the Johnson Creek Cancer Center, Dr. Michael Eastman, Dr. Deepak Khuntia and staff, Dr. Fred Gremmels, Watertown Memorial Hospital, Rainbow Hospice, Pastor Jim and all of Harold’s friends and neighbors for their visits, cards and prayers.

Hafemeister Funeral Home, (920) 261-2218, is serving the family.