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Donald Robert Baumgard

May 31, 1926 June 29, 2017
Donald Robert Baumgard
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Obituary for Donald Robert Baumgard

Donald Robert Baumgard, 91 years of age, died with complications of brain cancer on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, MN. Born on May 31, 1926, Donald was the son of Rudolph and Caroline (Hecht) Baumgard. Donald was baptized on June 20, 1926, and confirmed on May 26, 1940, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster, MN. Growing up on a farm outside Brewster, MN, Donald attended country school and then was educated in the Brewster School System graduating in 1945. He entered the Navy on September 9, 1944, during World War II spending his senior year in service. Donald was stationed in California. His classification was Storekeeper Third Class. After returning home in 1946, he met and married Norma June Kraft on July 1, 1951. Donald and Norma were blessed with one daughter, Julie, and two sons, Robert and Michael, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

During his life, Donald enjoyed his chosen career of farming. His hobbies included bowling with good friends and family, watching sporting events, and in his later life, dancing the night away with wonderful friends.

Donald’s grandchildren were his joy in life. He loved any time the family was together for celebrations. Whether watching a sporting event, a music event, a play or musical, a prom, a hog or cattle show, countless graduations, or Gopher football games, Grandpa Don was always there with a loving and proud heart. These memories he cherished as will his grandchildren.

One of the highlights of his life was attending the WWII Honor Flight in Washington, D.C. where he experienced the WWII memorial with other area veterans. He was a Brewster Legion member for over 70 years and worked more bingo games and dances than can be counted. Donald was also a life-long member at Brewster Trinity Lutheran Church.

Donald is lovingly remembered by his daughter Julie (Keith) Place of Okabena, and their children Whitney Place and Matt Lewis, Sydney Place-Sallstorm and Jack Sallstrom, and Courtney Place; Robert (Heather) Baumgard of Garner, IA, and their children Benjamin, Andrew, and Erik; and Michael (Deann) Baumgard of Brewster and their children Cole, Brooke and son Kellan Baumgard, Tanner Baumgard, and Sarah Baumgard and Jacob Broesder. Donald is also survived by his brothers Merle (Eunice) Baumgard, Darold (Alice) Baumgard, sister-in-law Barbra Baumgard, Evonne Place, sister-in-law Harriet Schmitz Miller, sister and brother-in-law Joanne (Larry) Nelson, and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews, aunts and uncle.

Donald was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma, parents Rudy and Caroline Baumgard, Edna (Fred) Place, Alice (Bernard) Hartman, Hazel Baumgard, Berdina (Harold) Hogan, Lester Baumgard, Ray (Mavis) Baumgard, Marvin (Betty) Baumgard, Wesly Baumgard, and Harlan Place, mother and father-in-law Harry and Adah Kraft, and brothers-in-law Clarence Schmitz and Ron Miller.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Brewster Trinity in Brewster, MN, with Pastor Mark Schreiber officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. The organist will be sister-in-law Joanne Nelson. Casket bearers are Brad Baumgard, Mitch Hogan and God sons Tom Baumgard, Tobin Baumgard, David Kraft, and Scott Barber.

God Bless the memory and family of Donald Robert Baumgard.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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5:00 PM 7/2/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/2/2017 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
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Trinity Lutheran Church

1025 4th Ave
Brewster, MN 56119

Trinity Lutheran Church
1025 4th Ave Brewster 56119 MN
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