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Robert “Bob” Baumetz

Robert “Bob” Baumetz, age 89, of Hutchinson, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson.

Robert “Bob” Frederick Baumetz was born June 5, 1915, in Hall Township, Bureau County, rural Spring Valley, Ill.; the son of Henry and Theresa (Preisser) Baumetz, Sr. He was baptized as an infant at the Church on the Hill in Selby Township, rural Princeton, Ill.

Robert’s family moved to Hutchinson in 1918. He was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Hutchinson.

Bob was from a large family of 10 children, who were always full of tricks. He was affectionately known to them as “Bobby.” He received his education at country school in rural Hutchinson.

Bob was united in marriage to Harriet Olsen May 17, 1939 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with three children.

Bob and Harriet resided and farmed on the Baumetz family farm in Lynn Township, McLeod County, until 1944. They then moved to the present farm in Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County, where they farmed for 39 years.

Bob retired in 1978, and continued to live on the farm site. Bob and Harriet shared 54 years of marriage, before Harriet passed away May 30, 1993.

A member of the Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Bob was active on many church committees, and was a past member of the District 56 school board.

As a young couple, Bob and Harriet belonged to the Home Builders Club.

Bob was a farmer throughout his life, and anyone who worked with him knew, “that no one could clean out behind those dairy cows faster than he could.”

He had many interests; among them were snowmobiling, film developing, attending threshing shows, woodworking, playing “Rook,” remodeling his house, and restoring antique engines. He was an avid fisherman and pheasant hunter.

Bob most enjoyed family trips to Wisconsin Dells, the Black Hills, Yellowstone and Deadwood, S.D. Bob enjoyed spending time at his trailer house on Lake Osakis, and water-skied for the first time at age 50.

After his wife, Harriet, passed away, Bob found a loving friend, Vionna Schramm of rural Glencoe. They enjoyed shopping, dancing, dining out, and taking bus trips together, sharing 11 years, before she passed away June 4, 2004.

Bob became a resident of Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson, May 21.

He is survived by his children: Lowell Baumetz and wife, Bonnie; and Daniel Baumetz, all of Hutchinson; and Norma Forsberg and husband Jerry, of Dassel; grandchildren: Jason Baumetz and wife You-Ja; Rebecca Lothe and husband Blair; Andrew Forsberg and wife Bridget; Jeni Hemingson and husband Jeff; Jessica Baumetz, and Katie Baumetz; and great-grandchildren Logan Forsberg and Larson Hemingson;

He is further survived by sister-in-law Alice Mae Westerholm of Hutchinson; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Theresa Baumetz, Sr.; wife Harriet Baumetz; brothers Henry Baumetz, Jr. and wife Ethel, Carl Baumetz and wife Bertha, and William Baumetz in infancy; sisters Aurelia Weisenburger and husband Albert, Helen Klein and husband Herbert, Emma Silker and husband Jack, Margaret Filkins and husband Elmon, Esther Peterson and husband Al, and Ruth O’Reiley and husband Louis; brothers-in-law William Westerholm, and Milan Olsen and wife Helen; and special friend Vionna Schramm.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. at Vineyard United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery, Hutchinson.

The Rev. Donald Sheffield officiated at the funeral service. The organist was Joyce Piehl. Soloist Jon Benson sang “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us,” and “Life’s Railway To Heaven.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.”

Casketbearers were Jason and You-Ja Baumetz, Rebecca and Blair Lothe, Andrew and Bridget Forsberg, Jeni and Jeff Hemingson, Jessica Baumetz, and Katie Baumetz.

Arrangements were by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson.

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