Lyle Martin Baumgarten, 82, of Lime Ridge, was welcomed into Jesus’ loving arms on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at home. He was born to Martin and Clara (Luetkens) Baumgarten on Oct. 3, 1933, in the Town of Freedom, Sauk County. He was baptized on Oct. 22, 1933 and confirmed on March 30, 1947 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Rock Springs. Lyle graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1951. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1953-1957. At the end of the Korean war, Lyle was aboard a minesweeper USS Reedbird AMS-51/YMS-291. His last duty was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal CVA-59, at that time the largest vessel in the Navy. In 1961, Lyle graduated from the University of Platteville with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education.
The Lord blessed Lyle’s life with love and joy. On Aug. 12, 1961, Lyle married Lorna (Shimniok) at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Baraboo. He worked in sales and marketing for animal related feed and pharmaceutical companies. He also managed a duck farm. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, his interest in others, and his quick wit. Lyle loved to sing and was a member of church choir. His interests ranged from photography to garden flowers to black and tan coonhounds. He served as a 4-H leader and showed his purebred buff Brahma chickens throughout the U.S.
Those thankful for sharing the blessing of his life include his children, Pamela (William) Domeier and Angela (Daniel) Filip; sister, Lois Strobel, brother, David (Carol) Baumgarten; aunt, Violet Vinz; brother-in-law, Richard Lauersdorf; sisters-in-law, Ruth Licht and LaDell Shimniok; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorna on Dec. 27, 1991; sister, Charlene Lauersdorf; and brother-in-law, Richard Strobel.
Funeral services for Lyle Baumgarten will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Rev. Andrew Meyer officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 1916 of Reedsburg, following the service at the church. Burial will follow at Kingston Cemetery in Merrimac. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and from noon until the time of the service at the church on Friday. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.