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Joseph "Ed" Baumann, 81, Kokomo, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at his farm in Logansport. He was born March 18, 1936, in Logansport to Joseph E. and Mary Ellen (Frushour) Baumann. He attended school at Washington Township, Cass County and St. Vincent Elementary School. He was a graduate of Purdue University and Ball State University.
His first teaching job was at Wawaka School in Noble County. He met and married his wife, Mary Ellen Kelsey, on June 1, 1963, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Albion. The couple moved to Kokomo in 1964, when Ed took a teaching and coaching position at Elwood Haynes School. He later moved to the high school, where he taught driver education. Ed retired in 1996 from Kokomo High School. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, National Education Association, Retired Teachers, and Knights of Columbus.
He loved spending time at the family farm and attending his girls' and grandchildren's athletic activities. Ed was a Purdue, Kokomo High School, Chicago Cubs, and Indianapolis Colts fan.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ellen Baumann; daughters, Katrina (Mike) Hoelscher, West Chester, Ohio, Sarah (Mike) Hemmerich, Kokomo, and Maurita (John) Taylor, Westfield, Indiana; grandchildren, Nathaniel Hemmerich, Olivia Hemmerich, Mitchell Hoelscher, and Addison Taylor.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 N. Washington St., with the Rev. Father David Huemmer the celebrant. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, where the Rosary will be offered at 7 p.m. Messages of condolence may be submitted at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on November 6, 2017
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