Clarence J. Baumler

clarence j. baumler

Clarence Baumler, 91, passed away October 14, 2011 at Sheyenne Crossings Nursing Home in West Fargo, ND

Clarence John Baumler was born on May 6th, 1920 to Lawrence and Anna (Lysher) Baumler at their farm near Chaffee, ND. As the eldest of ten children, he attended Goshen and Gill country elementary schools and graduated from Chaffee High School as Valedictorian in 1938. Following high school, Clarence farmed with his father until moving to Burbank, CA in 1941 where he worked at Fletcher Aircraft until his enlistment in the military. Clarence served as a Sergeant in the US Army from 1942 through 1945 in New Guinea and Australia. Upon the end of WWII, Clarence returned to the family farm and ultimately chose farming as his life's work. On June 18th, 1947, Clarence married Margaret Mary Dooley at ST. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton, ND. They raised eight children and farmed near Wheatland, ND until 1985, but remained on the farm until moving to a home in Casselton, ND in 1994.

Of Clarence's numerous hobbies and interests, woodworking, reading and round dancing were among his favorites. He unselfishly sacrificed his time over the years for his church, St. Leo's Catholic, the Catholic Order of Forestors (50 years) and numerous community organizations including Gill Township Board, Wheatland Elevator Board, Farmers Union Board, Church Finance Council and as a 4-H club leader for many years. He was also a member of VFW, Wheatland School Board, and was instrumental in the consolidation of Wheatland High School with Casselton High School.

Clarence's faith and actions spoke boldly throughout his life and served as a role model for all who were fortunate to be associated with him. He will be missed by many, but will always be remembered as a kind, unassuming family man who set an example on how to live a life centered on faith, family and service to community.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret Baumler; daughters, Cynthia (Elliott) Drucker, Kirkland, Washington; Jane (Morgan) Morehart, Parker, Colorado; Susan (Bradley) Braaten, Casselton; Jenifer (Robert) Punton, Ayr; Karen (Christopher) Assel, Bismark; Lisa Baumler, Littleton, Colorado; sons, Daniel Baumler, Wheatland and Gregory (Kimberly) Baumler, West Fargo. He is also survived by siblings, Leona Janitell, Centennial, Colorado; Leo Baumler, West Fargo; Lorraine (Ronald) Kensok, Casselton; Bernard (Vera) Baumler, West Fargo; and Raymond (Julie) Baumler, Fargo; brother in-law, Ronald Jaeb, Granger, Minnesota, and sister in-law, Stella Baumler, Fargo,  17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews

Clarence was preceded in death by brothers, Edwin and Lawrence Baumler and sisters, Elizabeth Jaeb and Patricia Baumler; and deceased in-laws, Ralph Janitell; Helen Baumler, Marie Baumler and Sandra Baumler.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to St. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton, ND.

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  1. West Fargo ND
    Was on a month long trip out of state and just heard of Clarence’s passing. I am so sorry and please accept my sincere sympathy to the Baumler family. I have many memories of going to Wheatland School with the older Baumler kids and I remember when Clarence was on the school board.
    Rest in Peace…….

  2. Baldwin WisconsinMargaret and Family, We send our deepest sympathy’s for the passing of Clarence. May the memories warm your hearts, ease your sorrow and keep his spirit in your hearts forever. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed dearly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Washburn ND
    Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Baumler, he seemed full of life and is a great inspiration. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Karen & Family…….

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Baumler’s passing. We know what a good person he had to have been from the example Karen sets in her everyday life. He lived a very long and productive life and was obviously much respected by friends, family, members of his church, and the entire community! I’m sure there are fond memories of his work and life bringing a smile to many – especially his family!
    Blessings to all of you and please know we are thinking of you in this most difficult time.

  5. St Paul Minnesota
    Mrs. Baumler and family,

    Peace be with you at this time of the loss of your loving husband, father and grandfather. What a blessing he was to all who knew him. May the knowledge that he rests in the loving arms of God give you comfort.

  6. Epping ND
    Dear Family of Clarence:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at the passing of such a wonderful person. He accomplished much in his years on earth…serving our country in WWII, marrying a lifelong mate (Margaret) and raising a beautiful family, all centered with much faith in God. Although I was not able to meet Clarence, I know of his benevolent legacy through his kind and thoughtful daughter, Karen. May each of your family, as you come togehter in the next few days, genuinely experience Clarence’s saintly life in one another. May God Bless you all.

  7. Fargo ND
    I was so sorry to find out about the passing of your father. I have talked so frequently with Dan about both his father and my own.
    Our conversations were always so much fun to share about our dads.
    Having lost my father this past April, I know the pain you’re feeling and my thoughts and prayers go to you Dan and your entire family.


  8. Omaha, NEDear Margret and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about the death of Clarence. As you know we were just up there and had dinner one day with Clarence, Leo and a couple of others from Sheyenne Crossing. We really enjoyed it and could tell that Clarence did too.

    We will keep all of you in our prayers during this time of grieving and loss.

    God bless!

    Bruce & Joan Prenosil

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