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Howard Frank Bauman

October 8, 1925 December 31, 2017
Howard Frank Bauman
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Howard Frank Bauman, 92, was born on October 8, 1925 to first generation German immigrants, Olga and Frank Bauman of Chicago, Illinois. Howard grew up in the "Windy City", gained the experience of "City Life", which he later used to impress his bride, Mary Lou, by traveling together throughout Chicago on the El. Years later, Mary Lou delivered dad his best birthday present ever, the birth of his second son, David!

Howard was married to Mary Louise Craig for 59 years. In 2008, she preceded him in death. Family was very important to both Howard & Mary Lou. They had 3 children, James, (Beverly), David, and Becky Jean (Troy) Doman. The Baumans cherished their 3 grandchildren, Chris Bauman, Lauren Bauman Lane, and John Isaac Doman. Howard also adored his great-granddaughter, Gabriella Bauman, and lived to the birth of his newest great-granddaughter, Cora Paige Lane, born just one month before his death.

Howard joined in the army after WWII, where he was stationed in occupied Italy. As part of his occupational responsibilities, he learned to snow ski, which became his favorite life time sport. After serving his country, he went to Purdue University, earned his BS degree in Chemical engineering and was a proud Boiler-maker, all his life. Following completion of his Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Chicago, he was employed by Eastman Chemical Co., of Kingsport, TN, There his precious first-born son, James, blessed Howard and Mary Lou's lives.

Much of his career as a nuclear engineer for Union Carbide and Martin Marietta, was passionately spent conducting research in commercial nuclear power. He specialized in reactor cooling systems, which used molten salt reactors as an energy source. One of the high points of his career was serving as a consultant to the German Government at their nuclear research facility in Júlich, Germany, where the family lived for 1.5 years. It was an amazing adventure for them all, with strong friendships lasting their entire lives.

Howard participated in several activities and memberships. He loved to ski, sail, swim, read, garden, grow orchids, play bridge with his Dinner Bridge Club and spend time relaxing with family & friends. A hiking enthusiast, he helped "break" a section of the Appalachian Trial over Roan Mountain, TN, during his membership with the Kingsport Hiking Club. After the family relocated to Oak Ridge, he joined and hiked extensively with the Great Smokey Mountain Hiking Club for many years. Avid arts supporters, Howard and Mary Lou held season tickets to the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA), the Oak Ridge Playhouse and contributed to the Oak Ridge Arts Center. His long standing, faithful membership to the First United Methodist Church, began upon their move to Oak Ridge in 1953.

After their children left home, Howard and Mary Lou vacationed on Ocracoke Island, NC and enjoyed its quaint village and quiet beaches so much, that it became an annual family tradition. With the birth of their grand-children, they hosted their growing family every summer, enjoyed activities with each other, especially the beach time and fresh seafood dinners, and made many other precious memories together.

In retirement, Howard and Mary Lou fulfilled a dream and moved to their favorite home, a lake house on the beautiful TN river, where new memories were made and savored with family and friends. Prior to his declining health, Howard loved to travel. He and Mary Lou visited many countries together and one of their favorite journeys was a 6 month stay in Australia & New Zealand.

The family is exceedingly grateful to the incredible care givers at Greenfield Senior Living Center & the outstanding quality nursing staff at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home. We owe them our heart felt thanks for their years of competent, compassionate, and tender service to our dad. Knowing he was in such trustworthy hands, eased the sorrow of the necessity of having move him away from his beloved lake house.

The family will receive friends this Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 1-2 pm in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church, of Oak Ridge, TN. Howard's Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the church's chapel, with the Rev. Jenny Caughman officiating. His Service of Committal will follow in the church's Memory Garden. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the ORCMA, or to the mid-South chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit and share memories with us at dad's guest book at weatherfordmortuary.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

13

Jan

1:00 PM 1/13/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

First United Methodist Church
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Celebration of Life

Saturday

13

Jan

2:00 PM 1/13/2018 2:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

First United Methodist Church
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

Graveside

Saturday

13

Jan

3:00 PM 1/13/2018 3:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Service of Committal will follow the service at United Methodist Church's Memory Garden

First United Methodist Church
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States
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