Ernst "Ernie" Frederick Baumann, 69 of Leadville, Colorado passed away on July 4, 2013 in Fruita, Colorado. He was born on October 4, 1943 in New York, New York to Ernst and Grace (Crowley) Baumann. He married Kathleen Ann (Brennan) Baumann on June 17, 1967 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ernie graduated from Leadville High School as Valedictorian and received his Bachelor of Geological Sciences with a double major in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1966 where he was affiliated with the Dunster House. After graduating from Harvard, Ernie married the love of his life, "Kathy", in Cambridge where they met while Ernie was attending Harvard and Kathleen was working as a secretary at both Harvard Health Services and as a secretary to the Chief of Civil Engineering at M.I.T. Armed with a degree in Geological Sciences and still wanting to be an Astronomer, Ernie returned to Colorado with his beautiful bride, where he worked at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research , (founded by Dr. Walt Roberts and Dr. Don Menzel of Harvard), as a research assistant. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of Colorado State University, where he taught introductory Geology and Astronomy courses. He was also an instructor for Pikes Peak Community College, Fort Carson, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base.
Ernie worked as a mining engineer and Chief Geologist in several hard-rock, lead, zinc, gold and silver underground operations. He worked as a uranium geologist in Wyoming, and as a mudlogging geologist in the oil fields of western and northeast Texas, Oklahoma panhandle, Nebraska and Wyoming, for most of the petroleum corporations. With the total collapse in the mining, uranium and petroleum industries over five years, he decided to change careers and worked as the Director of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments educational program. Then, he worked as the Director of College of the Canons, a private, state-approved academic, vocational and industrial college and research center. In order to provide for his wife and five daughters, he worked two jobs simultaneously. While he worked during the day as the Director of the College of the Canons, he worked the graveyard shift as a Correctional Officer for the Department of Corrections.
Ernie was a Major and Squadron Commander for the Civil Air Patrol, Fremont Starfire Composite Squadron of the United States Air Force Auxillary and a former alpine ski instructor and patrolman. He was a past Grand Knight with Knights of Columbus Council 681 of Leadville and had received four Presidential Medals of Merit awarded by the Presidents of the United States. He held patent on the invention "Interconnecting Joint for Skis: Military Mountaineer's Collapsible Ski" awarded on July 4, 1989 and also invented a special desk and reading glasses designed to correct Dyslexia. He submitted over 75 Proposed Design Items (PDI). He was a published author with Method for the Evaluation of Solar Seeing, (1991), Toward A New World, (1991), and Poems of Life, Songs of Stars, (1994). Ernie was a candidate for Mayor of Canon City in 1985 and 1987 in which he received over a third of the votes, and was Republican Presidential Task Force Co-Chairman, Republican Senatorial Committee Lector / Commentator, a member of the Republican for Americans for the High Frontier and St. Michael's Catholic Church of Canon City, Colorado.
He enjoyed being in the choir at Harvard and he played the piano by ear. Ernie was an avid mountain climber and had fond memories of spending time flying, skiing and mountaineering with his father Ernst Baumann, who was the founder of the ski resort Mount Solar, now Mount Alyeska a four-season destination resort in Girdwood, Alaska.
Ernie is survived by his daughters Lori Ann Baumann-Booker and husband Tye Booker, Macushla Baumann, Katrinka Maria Baumann, Victoria Valentina Baumann and Greta Mona Baumann-Paterniti; grandsons Noah Ernst Booker and Michael Anthony Baumann-Paterniti; granddaughter Isabella Kathleen Baumann-Paterniti; sister Heidi Baumann Fish; nephews Ryan Baumann and Jarrett Trail; niece Sharone Trail and her children Donny, Alyssa and Raiden Trail, Christopher Fish, Jeffrey and Joseph Fish, sister Wendy Baumann-McCaffrey and nephew Patrick McCaffrey; sister Robin Baumann-Dosher and husband Keith Dosher; sister-in-law Mary Lisa Brennan-Squatrito and husband Carl Douglas Squatrito; niece Serena Lily Squatrito and nephews Carl Robert and Christopher Douglas Squatrito.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents Henrietta Stashing-Baumann and Werner Lindscheidt who helped raise him when his parents passed away, his wife, son Ernst Frederick Baumann IV, and his brother-in-law, Robert Emit Brennan.
Ernie was well loved by his family and many friends. He had a great sense of humor, was a jolly soul and he liked to make others smile and laugh. Music was an important part of his life. He had a strong and beautiful voice. He was known to sing loudly in church and; he sang every day.
Ernie loved with all his heart. He brought much love into the world. Ernie and his beloved wife and love of his life Kathy, dedicated their lives to their children. They loved their children greatly and beyond the stars. They were conscientious parents and made it a point to love all their children equally. Ernie and Kathy were the sweetest and most gentle parents. Their children describe them as warm, caring, loving and intelligent parents who raised five beautiful daughters of which they are most proud.
Ernie will be deeply missed. The world has lost a loving, intelligent, funny, authentic and totally awesome Colorado mountain man.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Leadville with a Rosary Service to begin at 6:00 p.m. Cake and coffee will be shared afterwards at the church Parish Hall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Annunciation Catholic Church with Reverend Father Jesse Perez as Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Leadville with a reception to follow at Leadville Elk's Lodge #236. Contributions may be made to the family in care of Macushla Baumann, P.O. Box 345, Rifle, CO 81650. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Canon City Daily Record on July 17, 2013