Charles Ellis "Chuck" Baumunk (November 13, 1926 - April 18, 2014)

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Charles Ellis "Chuck" Baumunk passed away on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior.

He was the 12th of 13 children, born on November 13, 1926, to James Albert Baumunk and Rebecca Frances Fowler Baumunk of Clare, Iowa. He graduated from Northwood High School in Northwood, Iowa.

In 1944, he moved to Sequim following family. It was in Sequim he met his bride-to-be, Caroline Ollie Cays.

He served with the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 and was stationed in the Philippines and Occupational Japan serving under General Douglas MacArthur.

Upon returning home, he married Caroline on August 1, 1947.

Chuck started his longtime career when he joined the Sequim-Dungeness Creamery. He continued driving a milk truck for Dungeness Creamery and at night drove for Arden Dairy.

He then worked for Taylor Transportation, Darigold and Gary and Janice Smith of Maple View Trucking. Chuck retired in 1988.

Chuck continued his driving career after retirement, delivering flowers for his daughter Carol at the Garden Florist.

Chuck's No. 1 priority was his family. The times he was off work, vacations were small road trips with picnics to Crescent Beach, Agate Beach, the ocean and one special trip to Canada.

After retirement, he spent most of his spare time going to the grandchildren's activities. In 1998 and 1999, he had two special road trips with his wife, Caroline; his sister, Betty; and her husband, Bill, traveling across the United States visiting family and sites in between.

In 2012, Chuck was the Honorary Grand Pioneer in the 117th Sequim Irrigation Festival.

Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Caroline; daughters Marcia Walker, Kathy (Gary) Rude and Carol (Craig) Wagner; his son, Jim (Carrie) Baumunk; his sister, Betty Baumunk Tulin; his grandchildren, Tony, Nic Greer, Kristi (Harold), Scott (Elizabeth), Heather (Tyler), Chas (Heather) Rude, Colin (Jen), Chad (Justine) Wagner, Jeffrey (Crystal), Allison (Brent) and David Baumunk; his great-grandchildren, Paige, Grant, Emily, Jack, Taylor, Mac, Mason and Caitlyn; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Walt, Deac, Joe, Jack, Swede and Roy; and his sisters Ruth, Mae, Ethel, Grace and Ida.

A celebration of life will be held at Sequim Bible Church, 847 North Sequim Avenue, on Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m. Chuck was a charter member of Sequim Bible Church.

Memorials may be sent to the Sequim Bible Church Missionary Fund, 847 North Sequim Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382; or to a .

Dad is rejoicing in heaven.

Was blind but now can see, was deaf but now can hear. We miss you so much and are so blessed and thankful that we had you in our lives.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 23, 2014
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