Jack R. Baumgardner
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COSHOCTON: Jack Ray Baumgardner, 94, passed away at 9:30 P.M., Friday, September 2, 2011 at his son's home in Coshocton following a short illness surrounded by his immediate family members.
Jack was born July 18, 1917 in Bowling Green, Ohio to the late Ralph and Lillian (Renz) Baumgardner. His family moved to Coshocton when he was eight months old. He graduated from Coshocton High School Class of 1935 and was a 70 year member of Roscoe United Methodist Church. On February 23, 1941 he married Gertrude L. Mencer who died March 7, 2002.
Jack worked at the former M. O'Neil Company in the menswear department for 36 years and served as Assistant Store Manager. He was a 39 year member of Kiwanis and served as President and Lieutenant Governor. Jack portrayed Johnny Appleseed for 39 years at hundreds of schools and civic groups throughout Ohio. He was widely known for his programs on Indian Lore and the history of maize. He worked at Roscoe Village for over 20 years at the Roscoe Hardware store and as a tour guide and interpreter. He served 22 years on Coshocton City Council as a member-at-large. He received the Coshocton Chamber of Commerce "Goodwill Ambassador Award" in 1984 and was the recipient of the Coshoctonian Award in 2008.
Surviving are two sons Martin of Warsaw and Mervin (Donna) Baumgardner of Coshocton; brother Richard (Betty) Baumgardner of Coshocton; sister-in-law Jane Waggoner of Powell; five grandchildren Julie Stein of Gahanna, Drs. Scott (Jen) Baumgardner of Bozeman, Montana, Tara (Matt) Buchanan of Apex, North Carolina, Kelly Terebieniec of Fort Myers, Florida, and Kristy Baumgardner of Columbus; six great-grandchildren Emma, Laszlo and Megan Baumgardner, Skyler and Joey Terebieniec and Tyler Stein. Also surviving are nephews Dana and Derroll Waggoner; Brent Baumgardner, Max Shryock, Martin Mencer and Niece Lori Danik.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jack was preceded in death by a sister Twila Bliss.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the Free Funeral Home in Coshocton with Pastor Coralee Cox of the Roscoe United Methodist Church officiating followed by interment at South Lawn Cemetery.
Memoriums may be made to the Roscoe United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 475 High Street, Coshocton or to the Friends of the Parks, P.O. Box 104, Coshocton. Envelopes are available at the Free Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed at www.coshoctontribune.com.
Published in the Coshocton Tribune from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2011