Joseph Leon Baughman
Joseph Leon Baughman
Jan. 25, 1944 — Feb. 27, 2012
ARGOS — Joseph Leon Baughman, Argos, passed away Feb. 27 at approximately 4:45 a.m. at the Life Care Center in Rochester, after a long struggle with COPD. Joe was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Plymouth, to Russell and Helen (Keller) Baughman of Tyner. The youngest of three sons, Joe is survived by his brothers, James Lynn Baughman of Walkerton and John Noral Baughman of Olympia, Wash. Joe also is survived by his three children, Joseph N. (Holly Minnick) Baughman of Argos, Nena M. (Mark) Koschny of State College, Pa., and Jay F. (Tina Shackelford) Baughman of Argos; three stepchildren, James (Jean) Klinedinst of Walkerton, John (Penny) Klinedinst of Plymouth and Christine Lentner of Elkhart, with their mother Shirley; 20 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his three children, Riley, Madison and Keegan Baughman of Plymouth with their mother Lisa. Joe also will be missed by his dear friends Pat and Nancy Hoeffer, who cared for him lovingly, during the final years of his illness. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepdaughter, Lucinda (Richard) Knowlton.
Lifelong friends remember Joe for his generosity and sense of humor, and for being a fighter, from his childhood spent in Tyner through the end of his illness. Despite many encounters with death before the age of 18; electrocution in a barber chair when lightning struck, surviving two near-fatal car accidents where he was thrown from the vehicles, and a near-fatal motorcycle accident which left him in a coma, Joe graduated with high marks from Tyner High School. After high school he worked for his father at the Baughman Garage in Tyner, and then went on to work construction, marry twice and raise many children. A music lover and an avid reader, he had a passion for history. Throughout his life he enjoyed building large and intricate model airplanes, World War bomber jets and battle ships, and restoring real antique cars.
Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 W. Madison St., Plymouth, IN, 46563, is handling the arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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