Charles E. Baughman

Sept. 19, 1917 - Aug. 3, 2008

Charles Earl Baughman, 90, of Corvallis, Ore., died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Lincoln Township, Iowa, to Lawrence Edmund Baughman and Nellie Mae Booth Baughman.

Charles grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota, and in 1940, he completed the course of study at the School of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. On Oct. 12, 1940, he married Violet Viola Flohr in Woodbury, Minn.

Charles was a dairy farm manager for about 16 years, including seven years at Lad Lake, Wisconsin Home and Farm for Boys near Dousman. From 1956 until his retirement in 1984, he was employed as a furnace and boiler operator and as a weekend watchman at Carnation Company’s food products plant in Oconomowoc. He lived in Watertown from about 1994 to 2004, until moving to Corvallis.

He enjoyed gardening, rummage sales, square-dancing, playing cards, hunting and was an active member of many organizations. He served as the Dousman Grade School Parent-Teachers Association president, was a 4-H club leader and was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc, Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown and Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club. He also frequently volunteered for senior center community meals and food bank distribution.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife of almost 68 years, Violet; two daughters, Kathryn of Chicago and Deborah Rose (Curt) and their children, Christa and Justin of Corvallis; two sons, Kenneth (Leandra Sunseri) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Donald (Robin Swain) of Eau Claire; three brothers, Ernest of Oak Park, Ill., Edmund of Lakeside, Ore., and LeRoy of Rockwall, Texas; and 25 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant sisters; sister, Gertrude; and three brothers, Lewis, George and Allen.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 114 S. W. Eighth St., Corvallis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Benton Hospice Service or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Twin Oaks Funeral Home, (541) 740-6257, is assisting the family.