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Wilfred "Willie" Baumgartner

May 23, 1944 - January 21, 2015


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.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Wilfred "Willie" Baumgartner

May 23, 1944 - January 21, 2015


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.


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11 responses to “Wilfred “Willie” Baumgartner”

  1. Vicki Knopp says:

    West Fargo ND

    My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Willie. May your memories carry you through the toughest of times. Thinking of you.;

  2. Janis Kirsch says:

    Wishing you all peace during this most difficult time. ;

  3. Chad Nelson says:

    Nipomo CAI would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Baumgartner family during this difficult time. I remember many good times during hockey season while coaching Crystal. Mr. Baumgartner (Willie) was a great man and will be missed.

    Chad Nelson
    Nipomo CA



    fargo nd.REST IN PEACE WILLIE. ;

  5. Lisa Liebersbach says:

    Valley City North DakotaMy Dear Sweet Uncle Willie will be greatly missed. He could always make you smile and I loved him dearly.

    His Favorite Niece, Lisa;

  6. Dan York says:

    Fridley MinnesotaI learned a lot from Willie while hanging out at the Baumgarntner’s house growing up. I can still hear him revving the engine of the GTO in alley. Rest in peace Willie!;

  7. Gloria Fier says:

    Inver Grove Heights MNHi Baumgartner family,
    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you in this tough time. ;

  8. Sue and Petra Koehler says:

    FARGO North Dakotawe are so sorry to here the news.Just to let your family know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.We feel so bad for you.;

  9. Mike and Karen Hansen says:

    Fargo ND

    When the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange. When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help you find your smile. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
    Prayers and hugs to all of you.;

  10. Sarah Wilhelmi says:

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your lossтАжmy thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.;

  11. Greg and Kim baumgartner says:

    Rest in piece Willie! We miss you all ready.;

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