Kenneth P. Baumgartner
March 29, 1931 – March 8, 2011
PLYMOUTH – Kenneth Paul Baumgartner, 79, a Lawrence Lake resident since 2001, died of natural causes at his home Tuesday morning, March 8, 2011. Ken was formerly of Tinley Park, Ill.
He was born the son of Arthur Phillip and Elizabeth Charlotte (Mueller) Baumgartner in Hammond, Ind. March 29, 1931. There he received his education, graduating from Thornton Township High School in 1949.
In 1951 he joined the Marine Corp and served as a Corporal until 1953.
He married the former Barbara Jean Wetmore May 28, 1955 in St. John’s Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death March 31, 2001.
Ken and his wife were the owners/operators of Baumgartner Appliance Service in Tinley Park for nearly 30 years. Ken also served on the Federal Fire Department – Heinz V.A. Hospital, retiring in 1985.
Ken was extremely proud of his family and was a man who appreciated order and detail, as reflected even in the care of his home and lake property.
He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Donaldson, and was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #615, Tinley Park, and Plymouth Post #27, and a former member of Plymouth Moose Lodge. Ken enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, and bowling along with being a true fan of Chicago sports — just not the Cubs.
Surviving are three sons and their families: David A. and Debra Baumgartner of Brookfield, Ill., Michael K. and Deborah Baumgartner of Plymouth, and Thomas Allen and Mimi Baumgartner of Mundelein, Ill. Five grandchildren include: Nicholas Baumgartner, Rebecca (Chris) Padgett, Amanda Baumgartner, Mitchell Baumgartner and Kristina Krupa. Three great grandchildren: Jeret, Brooklyn and Ashlyn also survive.
Two brothers, Richard (Valarie) Baumgartner of Tinley Park and Donald (Barbara) Baumgartner of DesMoines, Wash. survive with several nieces and nephews.
Proceeding in death were his parents; spouse; sister, Lois Knisley; and brother, Jack Baumgartner.
Friends may call at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St. Plymouth, Ind. Friday March 11, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT.
Visitation will continue at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4231 W. 183rd Street in Country Club Hills, Illinois Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. until noon CDT.
Services will immediately follow in the church at noon with the Rev. Peter Dorn presiding.
Burial will immediately follow in the St. John’s Church Cemetery.
Preferred are memorial gifts in Ken’s memory to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center Street, Plymouth, IN, 46563.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the website: www.johnson-danielson.com .
Funeral Director – Randall L. Danielson – 574-936-2829