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Kenneth M. Baumgartle

Kenneth M. Baumgartle Kenneth M. Baumgartle

Kenneth Merle Baumgartle, Little Chute, Wis., age 87, died at his home on Monday, March 23, 2020.

He was born in Henderson County, Ill., on Aug. 11, 1932, to the late Harry Vaughn and Inez Brown Baumgartle. Ken married Lois Conrad on Jan. 1, 1953, in Harrison County, Ind.

Ken grew up near Corydon, Ind., on a farm. He attended and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Science in horticulture. He worked as a paint chemist, managing a paint company and paint store, and was also a supervisor in a foundry. Ken was active in community activities, as he was a Sunday school teacher for many years, a 4-H leader, a youth leader and a Little League baseball coach. He also enjoyed umpiring baseball and softball games and loved to garden flowers.

Ken is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois; children, Kenneth M. Baumgartle Jr. (Rose), Kathleen Rodger (Tony), Kevin Baumgartle and Kelly Baumgartle (Joyce); grandchildren, Brenda Leon (Bill), Bruce Baumgartle (Sherry), Maylis Ortiz (Reggie), Kyle Baumgartle (Amanda), Sarah Bower (Tex), Micah Engle (Samantha), April Brigdon (Chad), Jenna Baumgartle, Alex Baumgartle and Cody Baumgartle (Allison); 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and siblings, Norma Higdon, Larry Baumgartle (Connie), Allen Baumgartle (Pam), Phyllis Schneider (Keith) and Gerald Baumgartle (Jeannine). He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his son, Kerry, and sister, Wanda Hamilton.

A Celebration of Life for Ken will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Zoar Community Church with burial in Zoar Cemetery nearby.

Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon is in charge of arrangements.