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Obituary: Wayne William Baumann

Feb. 12, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2023

Wayne William Baumann, 71, of Abbotsford, died early Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Sturgeon Bay with his family at his side.

He was born Feb. 12, 1952 in Medford,  one of twelve children of William Albert Baumann and Dolores A (Drager) Baumann. Wayne grew up a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, where he was baptized, confirmed, and married. He attended Medford area schools and graduated from Medford High School with the class of 1970. He took classes at North Central Technical College to become a foreman. 

Wayne married Vicki Arlene Haas at his home church of Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville June 12, 1971. They shared over 19 years of marriage and four children.

Wayne married Valerie P. Yeager on Aug. 12, 1994 in Medford, WI and were married for 9 years.

Wayne moved to Abbotsford in 2019.

Those who knew him, might describe him as a “jack of all trades.” Wayne had a passion for woodworking who was known for making wall hangings, picture frames, and furniture. In his younger days he could be found competing in rope pulls in Owen or working on cars and part of the pit crew at the stockcar races in Marshfield. He was skilled in welding and electrical work as well. More recently, he enjoyed spending time at his cottage in Sturgeon Bay and fishing. He was a master on the grill. Wayne’s greatest passion was hunting. He always had memories to share of whitetail hunting and his trips to Wyoming for antelope. Unfortunately, he was unable to get out to the woods this last hunting season. However, he enjoyed checking the pictures from the trail cameras and offering hunting advice nonetheless.

Wayne will be missed by his children, Sherri (Paul) Leonhardt of Tinley Park, Illinois, Lee Baumann of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Abbotsford, and Sheila (soon-to-be-son, Keith Magle) Horner of Sturgeon Bay; their mother, Vicki Baumann of Dorchester; grandchildren, Peyton Leonhardt and Serina, Angel, Amy, and Edric Horner; siblings, Gerald Baumann of Dorchester, Marie Ramm of Medford, JoAnn (Myron) Konkle of Pleasant Prairie, Gloria (Gaylon) Van Hecker of Rib Lake, Linda Baumann of Dorchester, Doris Lange of Janesville, Rhonda (Jay) Gorske of Wausau, Robert (Lori) Baumann of Athens, Vickie (David) Orth of Abbotsford, Dale (Anne) Baumann of Medford; brother-in-law, Bernard Simpson of DeKalb, IL; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William “Billy” George Baumann (1976); former Wife, Valerie Yeager; sister, Sharon Simpson; brother-in-law, Alvin Ramm; brother-in-law, James Lange; niece, Mary Beth Simpson; and other relatives.

Services for Wayne at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford will be announced in the near future. He will be laid to rest beside his son, Billy, in Evergreen Cemetery in the Town of Medford.

“Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all family members who assisted with Wayne’s care and needs over the past year and to the staff of Compassus Hospice for the care you gave to our father and allowing our father to remain at home for the duration of his illness.”

Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC are assisting the Baumann family with local care, and Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford is assisting the Baumann family with service arrangements. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Wayne may be shared with his family through his tributes page at huehnsfuneralhome.com or hemerfuneralservice.com.