George E. Baumann, Missoula, Montanta, 82, died at home Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. He was born in White River, S.D., the fifth of six children of George and Opal Baumann on Dec. 21, 1930. He went to school in White River and then attended college at South Dakota School of Mines where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. While at the Mines he was active in ROTC and thereafter was commissioned into the Army Corp of Engineers, serving in Korea as a First Lieutenant.
In 1951, George married Emma Madill and they were blessed with five children. During this time he worked for Harold Hoskins Engineering as a highway surveyor, then moved to Rapid City and began working for Brezina Construction Company. After being promoted to vice president he started a branch office in Salt Lake City. He spent many hours flying to different job sites in Utah and surrounding states in his Beech Bonanza. When he stopped flying he had logged more than 8,000 hours.
He married Joann Kregosky in 1979. Because he loved the Rocky Mountains and the Missoula area he moved here in the 1980s. George continued working until he was 78 years old, retiring several times, but always finding one more challenge and one more job to do. He worked for a variety of companies/organizations as project manager, overseeing the remodeling and new construction of many buildings. He worked for Iroquois Industrial, the University of Montana, Rocky Mountain Lab, and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few.
In his younger years, he loved bird hunting, boating, fishing and especially flying. He was an avid card player, crossword puzzle player and reader, and he loved planting, growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables from his garden. He mostly loved his family and was proud of each and every one.
George is survived by his wife Joann; his daughters, Cindy (Verlyn) Bourne of Rapid City, S.D. and Dot Keller of Kansas City, Kan.; his sons, George Baumann of Stevensville and Dale (Penny) Baumann of Quinn, S.D.; grandchildren, Derek, Sarah, Luke, Ely, James and Dayna, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ann Gricius of Guntersville, Ala., and Alice Schochenmaier of Chamberlain, S.D., and brother John Baumann of Custer, S.D. George was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Baumann and Ruth Hollinger, both of White River; his parents, George and Opal Baumann; his sons, Richard John Baumann and Greg Baumann.
A celebration of life will take place at their farm in Stevensville this spring, when the garden he dearly loved starts to make its annual appearance.
George lived by Dylan Thomas’ words, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at the close of day. Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.” He lived courageously, passionately and with enthusiasm. God’s speed, dear George. Fly on.