Herbert Baumann, age 91, of Willmar, died Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Carris Health Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. His memorial service will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 25th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar with a visitation starting at 1:00 pm. Memorials are preferred. The family requests masks for those who are unvaccinated. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.
Herbert Henry David Baumann was born December 1, 1929, in Mobridge, South Dakota, the son of Arthur and Bertha (Schlepp) Baumann. When he was twelve, the family moved to Granite Falls and later to Montevideo. In August 1948, Herbert joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Rochester during the Korean War. On September 2, 1955, he married Gloria Fischer and they made their home in Willmar. Herbert worked restoring classic cars and as the body shop manager at Mills Auto. In retirement, he continued to drive for Mills for several years.
Herbert was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar and the Willmar V.F.W., where he served several terms as commander. He enjoyed tending to his flower garden, attending car shows, wood working, chrome molding, drawing, riding bike, and fishing, especially when it was with his grandsons and great-grandsons. Herb was a patient, kind, caring man, who with an open heart and mind embraced those around him from all corners of the world. He was one of those people who could light up your day with his gentle nature, his smile, and make you laugh with his sense of humor and wit. The world lost a beautiful man. He was cherished by many and will be missed by all whose hearts were touched by Herb.
He is survived by his wife: Gloria Baumann; three daughters: Michele Sorenson (fiancé Kurt Reller), Kimberly (Peter) Jagaraj, and Stephanie Baumann (Steph Fier); eight grandchildren: Tony (Melissa) Sorenson, Nicholas Sorenson, Jaren Jagaraj, El Jagaraj, Alex (Miranda) Birchard, Dan (Shannon) Birchard, Rohith and Ashwin Jagaraj; three great-grandchildren: Elijah, Easton, and Jude; and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Arthur and Bertha Baumann; brothers: Ray, Ervin, and Zeke; and son-in-law: Keith L. Sorenson.