Harold Baum

Harold Raymond Baum

Wednesday, August 3rd, 1938 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Harold Raymond Baum of Ozark, Missouri went to sleep in the arms of God in his home June 26, 2019.

Harold was born August 3rd, 1938 in Ord, Nebraska to William and Mary Baum.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Elvin Baum, and Evelyn Nell.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley E. Baum; his brother, Ernest Baum (Spring Hill, Kansas); and his children, Mary and her husband Jim Jackson (Springfield, Missouri), Patricia and her husband Mike Whisler (Willard, Missouri), Ann Vunovic (Springfield, Missouri), Becky Baum (Ozark, Missouri), Matthew Baum and his fiancé Terra Lamb (Springfield, Missouri). He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Lindsey Payne, Jason Whisler, Bryan Whisler, Brianne Duvall, Jordan Jackson, Hope Williams and Spenser Williams. He was further blessed with six great grandchildren, Brooklynn Schweighauser, Emmitt, Ila, and Millie Whisler, Sloane and Collins Whisler.

He was a devout Catholic his whole life and served for 37 years at St. Joseph’s Church (Springfield, Missouri). Due to his dedication to his faith, and church family, he humbly served in many church activities, such as Lector, Eucharistic minister, and RCIA. His proudest achievement in his service was creating the church’s food bank. This was a passion project of his which began in the late 80’s serving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to a handful of families, and with his leadership has grown to a thriving food service pantry providing meals for over 200 families per week.

Harold had a lifelong career in the grocery business at all levels. He began as a clerk at Poor Boys as a teenager and by the age 26 had become the youngest manager at Ramsey’s Supermarket. He went on to own his own stores before transitioning to Associated Wholesale Grocers where he was brand manager for their private label. He retired in 2005. Over his 50 years in the grocery business he amassed many friends and colleagues who respected and loved him dearly.

His first love outside of his faith, was his family. There was nothing he cherished more than spending quality time with his family. He was very charismatic and drew many to him with his easy-going nature and warm smile. He loved to laugh and had an ornery side. He gave as good as he got and would relish the opportunity to razz his friends. Of all his personal traits, his humor was perhaps his defining characteristic. He loved (and hated) his Cardinals and he was most often found watching a game in his man-cave with his dog, Freddy; bird, Mr. Quigley; cat, Stella; and any family member who was nearby. He was also an avid football fan, cheering on his beloved Chiefs as long as they were winning. He also enjoyed golfing, watching boxing and basketball, and any car related shows he could find. He was frequently sighted entering a casino lobby (the results of which will remain undisclosed).

He was a pillar for his family and provided a stellar example for how they should lead their lives. His generous and loving nature will be sorely missed by all who knew him, family and friends alike.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Monday, July 1st, 2019 at Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut Street, in Springfield, Missouri.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1115 N. Campbell in Springfield Missouri with Reverend Karl W. Barmann, OSB celebrating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to Ozark’s Food Harvest in memory of Harold Baum. All donations made in his name will be directed to the St. Joseph Food Pantry he loved.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    1115 N. Campbell
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    Father Karl W. Barmann, OSB

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Gary Gutting

Posted at 03:10pm
My name is Gary Gutting. I was hired by and worked with Harold at AWG. He was by far the best boss that I ever had in my working career, inside of and before AWG. Harold was honest, sincere & fun-loving and always fun to be around. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

Steve & Teri Whisler

Posted at 02:46pm
Harold always had a big smile on his face and made you happy just to be around him. He was a wonderful person, a blessing to know and will be sadly missed. Steve & Teri

Brianne Duvall

Posted at 11:43am
There are too many things to say and not enough words so I guess I’ll just say this... anyone who didn’t get a chance to meet my grandpa seriously missed out. I’ve never known anyone more kind, humorous, hardworking, or loving. How could one person be so good? Some of my favorite childhood memories is going to my grandparents house, spending time with family, eating some of grandpas notorious burnt hotdogs, and laughing. He always knew how to make everyone laugh. I feel incredibly lucky to be apart of the family he loved so much. As a child I would always brag to my friends that I had the best grandpa in the world. To this day, I can confidently say that I was right.

I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to you yet grandpa. I’m still not. But I promise to spend the rest of my life trying to make you proud. To be the kind of person you were.

Love you forever grandpa.

Mike & Alesia

Posted at 08:59pm
We were fortunate enough to enjoy various events and gatherings with Harold. While each occasion was in a different setting, Harold was consistent and reliable with his big smile, firm handshake, open mind, warm heart, generous nature, kind words, funny stories, infectious laugh, and sincere compassion and concern for everyone!
Harold was genuine! The real deal. We have lost a rare treasure on earth as Harold goes on to add a little more beauty to heaven.
Rest In Peace, brother.
Mike & Alesia

Mary Jackson

Posted at 11:11pm
My Dad.
How do I say goodbye to the most wonderful man I have ever known? Dad was so many things. He was my world. He gave us all so many things. He was very charitable. Doing so many unseen things for others. He was very faithful and loving. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to tease.He had a gentle side also. As a little girl I remember being unable to go to sleep. He would come to my bedside and gently close my eyes and say Close those sleepy peepys. I always turned to my dad for advice. If something was going on in my life he knew about it. He was an avid Sports fan. Mom always said he would watch anything with a ball. I can hear him saying Whats the score? It echos in my mind.I could always talk sports with my dad. He loved them.From the Kansas City Chiefs to the St. Louis and Springfield Cardinals.The thing I Feel most blessed about is my Catholic Faith. I was baptized at 10 days old. I remember as a little girl Dad saying did you say your prayers? I remember kneeling at the side of my bed with my sisters and saying the Our Father and 3 Hail Marys as my dad stood over us. I grew up never missing a mass. I was the one he took to mass with him when the others couldn't go. In all the yrs I never saw him waver in his faith. I got lost for a few years but have since returned.I love my faith. And I so loved my Father. The gift of the Catholic faith was the most beautiful gift he ever gave me. My own personal prayer I say is Faith Acceptance Courage and Strength. Just the facs Lord. I will be saying that little prayer a lot during the next few months. The last time I saw my Dad he was teasing me about putting more than a dollars worth of gas in my car. He said as he closed the door See you soon! See you soon Daddy! I love you! Mary Jackson. #1 Daughter!

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