Gene Baughman (1927 - 2013)

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Gene Baughman - Age 86 died on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Little Flower Haven Nursing Home in Earling, Iowa.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan. The Family Will Greet Friends Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Service will be on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Harlan with inurnment at Rose Hill Cemetery in rural Kirkman, Iowa, at a later date.

Donald "Gene" Baughman was born on May 17, 1927 to Paris and Lillian (Adams) Baughman at his grandparent's home near Kirkman, Iowa. His family later lived on this farm where he helped his father and brothers with the dairy cattle and crop chores. This sparked his interest in agriculture and he excelled in Ag and Science classes at school. He attended school in Kirkman and graduated from Kirkman High School with the Class of 1944.

After his graduation, Gene began farming full time and later purchased the family farm from his parents. He started his dairy cow operation milking about fifty cows per day. He later raised mixed breed feeder cattle and served in the Iowa Breeder Coop from 1962 to 1966.

On June 29, 1968, Gene was married to Wanda Jean Dickmeyer and helped her raise her teenage children. They were members of First Baptist Church in Harlan, Iowa and attended services at the Methodist Church in Kirkman.

Gene was a member of the Kirkman Volunteer Fire Department from 1955 to 1970, was named Cattleman of the Year in 1983, spent four years on the Board of Directors for Shelby County Farm Bureau and four years serving on the Shelby County Extension Council. He retired from farming in 1992 and had achieved Century Farm status.

Gene died on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Little Flower Haven Nursing Home in Earling, Iowa, having attained the age of eighty-six years, six months, and twenty days. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wanda, step-daughter Sherry, step-son Leland, brother Clarence, sister Cecile, and daughter-in-law Judi.

He is survived by his step-son Michael Dickmeyer of Omaha, Nebraska, step-daughter Lynnette and her husband Jim Hyndman of Grimes, Iowa; brother Dale Baughman and his wife Elsie of St. Cloud, Florida; grandchildren: Michael Anderson and his wife Carey of Waukee, Iowa, Meredith and her husband Jason Efken of Omaha, Nebraska, Timothy Dickmeyer and his wife Jonelle of Treynor, Iowa, Beth Dickmeyer of Omaha, Nebraska; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Loretta Baughman of Kirkman, Iowa; other family members, including his loving and caring family at Little Flower Haven Nursing Home who took care of him for nearly eight years, and friends.

Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2013