Richard Warren Bauman, known by his friends as “Dick,” was born in Detroit, Michigan, October 14, 1936 and passed peacefully June 13, 2013 at his home near Cabool, Missouri, at the age of 76.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley J. Bauman and Bernice (Varney) Bauman; a younger brother, Russell and a grandson, Stanley Charles Bauman.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Sims) Bauman; sons Warren J. and Joseph W. and wife Kathy of Cabool, and Jeffrey B. and wife Jeannie of Weaubleau, Missouri; daughters Jeri R. and husband Brad Gault of Buckner, Missouri, and Kelly L. and husband Tim Canfield of Sibley, Missouri; a brother, Jim and wife Sharron of Charlotte, Michigan; a sister, Susan and husband Rod Ebersole of Madras, Oregon; along with seven living grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Dick graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, Michigan, in 1954. At the age of 15 or 16, he attended a church camp and dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. He later attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where he met Barbara, and they were married July 19, 1957. After several years he continued his education at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources and a master of arts degree in outdoor and community recreation with post-graduate studies in community education. Dick worked as a community school director in Fremont, Michigan, and Edmore, Michigan, before becoming a doctoral fellow at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, where he assisted the dean of the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in teaching administration, organization and supervision. His doctorate studies were administration and outdoor recreation and leisure services. He also was head of the Department of Recreation for Des Moines Area Community College at the Boone, Iowa, campus for a short time.
Dick was raised in a family that loved the outdoors, camped, fished, hunted, and gathered much of their food in the wild. He was active in conservation clubs and also worked as a state park naturalist at Ludington State Park in Michigan. His jobs and education took the family to Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, and Missouri. The last 19 years have been near Cabool, Missouri, where he retired to continue raising nationally known Nubian dairy goats and miniature Hereford cattle. He was a lifetime member of the American Dairy Goat Association and had an honorary degree of doctorate in animal sciences from the International Miniature Cattle Breeders Society. He had several articles published by the leading dairy goat magazines and IMCBS. He and Barbara also wrote and published a small magazine, The Christian Goatherd.
Most important in Dick’s entire life has been his dedication to be of service for Jesus Christ in the lives of people. He loved to teach and share the things he knew about God’s creation and becoming a caring and sharing people. Dick was active in the congregations he attended as youth leader, older youth leader, ordained priest, Sunday school teacher, preacher, and founder of a small group of families based on the teachings of Christ. His ministry was wherever he could go by travel or by phone, including several Native American nations in the states and Canada. His continued writings have been of the miracles and experiences of his life. He will be missed.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Noblett Lake Recreation Area south of Cabool in the large shelter area. A potluck lunch is planned during more visiting. If you are unable to attend in person but wish to share your memories, please send them in writing to Barbara Bauman, Route 3 Box 750-H, Cabool, MO 65689.
Cremation was under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to help with medical and final expenses. An account has been set up at Cabool State Bank.