John Baumgartner (1935 - 2014)

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John Baumgartner

John C. Baumgartner, 78, of Collinsville, Ill., born Oct. 30, 1935, in Breese, Ill., passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.

John grew up in Greenville, Ill. After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He then attended Bailey Technical School in St. Louis and was then employed by Burroughs Corp. and Unisys Corp. as a field engineer working on mainframe computers in the banking field from the 1960's to the 1990's. He was instrumental in making sure your checks were processed.

John was a member of the Glen Carbon Senior Group, Collinsville Memorial Museum, and the First United Presbyterian Church in Collinsville, Ill.

John married Mary Lee Bass on Oct. 5, 1955. They were married for 58 years. John will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John C. Baumgartner and Anna nee Lunitz; and his sisters, Bernadine Lauer and Marcelline Huber.

Surviving are his loving wife, Mary Lee Baumgartner; three sons, Michael (Angela) of Panama City, Fla., retired Adm. William of Miami, Fla., and Steven of Alpharetta, Ga.; and a daughter, Becky (Ron) Zimmer of Millstadt, Ill.; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Leidel of Greenville, Ill., and Mary Ann Jurgena of Greenville, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Collinsville Historical Museum or the First United Presbyterian Church in Collinsville. All condolences may be expressed to the family on line at

Visitation: Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday April 5, 2014, at the First United Presbyterian Church, Collinsville, Ill. (Route 159 and Church Street).

Funeral: Church service will be held in John's honor at noon Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the First United Presbyterian Church.

HERR FUNERAL HOME Collinsville, Ill.
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Herr Funeral Home
501 West Main St. Collinsville, IL 62234
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 4, 2014
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