5-7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
1-2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.
7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Wilfred “Willie” Jacob Baumgartner, 70, Fargo, ND passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the North Dakota Veterans Hospital in Fargo. He was born on May 23, 1944 to Frank and Aloysia (Eberle) Baumgartner in Edgeley, ND. He grew up in LaMoure where he graduated high school. Willie was very active in Future Farmers of America and was a star football player.
Willie then attended North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU) before being drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO before serving in Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic. In 1966, he was honorably discharged, and upon his return he was given the Air Medal for combat-support service.
Willie was employed at Holsum Bread and later Westinghouse Electric (now WESCO) where he retired after working over 20 years as a salesman and factory rep.
On August 24, 1968 he was united in marriage to Deanna Paulson at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ada, MN. The couple made their home in Fargo where they raised their three children.
Willie enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be riding four-wheelers, motorcycles, hunting, or fishing. Collecting old cars was another one of his hobbies. Known as “Will the Thrill,” he was always the life of the party and had a great sense of humor. “Bubba” was one of his favorite nicknames, as that is what his grandchildren called him. He cherished the time he spent with them and had a special bond with his oldest grandson, Austin.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, DeeDee; children, Troy (Stephanie) Baumgartner, Crystal Baumgartner, and Tammy Baumgartner; siblings, Mary McGregor, John Baumgartner, Joe (Audrey) Baumgartner, and Cecile (Les) Becker; grandchildren, Austin, Joslyn, and Jayden; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Brittany Marie; siblings, Barbara (in infancy), Tony, Pius, Eddie, James, Victor, Myra Goehring, Alfred, Evangeline Schweitzer, and Margaret Kocher.