Funeral services for Ed Baumgartner of Roseau will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church in Roseau. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be at the Hope Cemetery in Roseau. Memorials are preferred to the Messiah Lutheran Church or the Four Season's Senior Center in Roseau.
Ed Baumgartner passed away on July 11, 2009 at the age of 86.
Edward Wilfred Baumgartner was born on October 11, 1922 in Roseau, MN, the eldest of ten children born to William and Ella (Johnson) Baumgartner.
Ed married Ann Smebak, of Roseau, on November 7, 1944. Together Ed and Ann raised 5 children: Bonnie (Jeff) Delmore of Roseau; Mike (Sandy) Baumgartner of Roseau; Brian Baumgartner; Craig (Monica) Baumgartner of Roseau; Kelly (Geoff) Gorvin of Baxter. Ed also enjoyed his ten grandchildren: Michele, Tony, Michael, Lisa (Jamie), Jody, Kristen (Allen), Paul (Nikole), Katie (Phil), Niki, and Sarah; and seven great-grandchildren: Katlyn, Zach, Kallie, Isaac, Linzy, Landon, and Clara.
Ed and Ann farmed together in the Roseau area for over 50 years. Ed was one of the pioneers in the grass seed industry in Roseau County. He was actively involved in many local and state agricultural organizations. In 1987, he was named Premier Seedsman by the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA), and in 1990, the MCIA recognized Ed for the Mr. Crop Improvement of the Year Award. Together with Ann, they were also recognized as the Red River Valley Farmer/Homemaker of the Year.
Ed was active in several community organizations, including Farmers Union Oil Co., Jadis Township, Roseau School Board, Senior Center Charter member, Hope Cemetery Board, Roseau Lions Club, Northern Minnesota Bluegrass Association, Arena Board, and church board member.
In addition to enjoying time with his family and friends, Ed enjoyed traveling with Ann, fishing, hunting, flying, gardening, watching the Roseau Rams and the Fighting Sioux hockey teams, and Minnesota Twins games, and watching his children and grandchildren play hockey.
Ed is also survived by his wife, Ann; children, grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann (Leonard) Johnson of Roseau, Lois Hudson of Harrison, AK and Diana (Lee) Smith of Warroad; and brothers, Jack (Audrey) Baumgartner of Minneapolis and Bill "Butch" (Ina) Baumgartner of Roseau.
Ed was a kind, patient, caring and loving man who will be missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Brian, sisters, Clarice and JoAnn, and brothers, Roy and Ray.
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