Lowell Kenneth Baumann, age 74, of Portland, TX, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at his home, following a long battle with leukemia.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Donna (Tonn) Baumann; mother-in-law Roberta Tonn; six children: Derek Baumann and wife, Edna; Candace Cosgrove and husband, Johnny; Donelle Baumann; Courtney Baumann and partner, Tray O’Dell; Tad Baumann, and Isaak Baumann; four grandchildren: Kalysta and Rhys Cosgrove, Diane Mae Baumann, MJ Allison and husband, Kevin; and two great-grandchildren: Lance Baumann and Keegan Allison.
Lowell is also survived by his brother, Darrell Baumann, and wife Christina; and nephews Mike Baumann (and wife Beth), and Eric Baumann.
Born and raised in Minnesota by the late Otto and Stella (Lobitz) Baumann, Lowell also lived in Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and Louisiana, until finally settling in Pearland, TX 20 years ago.
He met his wife, Donna, in 1970, and they were married six months later at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haven, KS.
Lowell received his associate’s degree from Concordia College in St. Paul in 1962, and his bachelor’s degree from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, NE in 1964.
He received a master’s degree in education from Central Missouri State in 1972. After teaching for 30 years in the Lutheran School system, Lowell taught in the Houston Independent School District for an additional 18 years. He not only took pride in teaching, he truly enjoyed molding young minds.
Lowell had a passion for gardening, reading, and watching football. A child of God, he always put his family first. He was the type of man who always had a question, joke, or witty comment, quickly followed by a laugh. Lowell never met a stranger.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Jan. 21 at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland, TX at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lowell’s memory to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, or to Epiphany Lutheran Church Bible Markers.