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Harold D. Bauman Sr. Obituary
Bauman Sr. Harold D. Bauman Sr., age 91, died on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at The Village at Westerville senior retirement community in Westerville, Ohio. From his birth on June 6, 1926 to his death on Wednesday, he nourished people around him with strength, friendship, and humor. He was born in Nowata, Oklahoma to Cecil George and Frances (Hadley) Bauman and was the older of two children. He and his family moved to settle and live in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he developed his fascination for automobiles and his interest for restoring and tinkering with them; a tradition he has nurtured for all of his life. His restoration of cars included building a Model T Speedster, Ford Model C Gasoline Tank truck, Dune Buggy, and two Corvettes. Vroom! Vroom! After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma in Stillwater and completed his studies in Rural Sociology of Agricultural Markets. Harold, having somewhat of a reputation as a good-natured rascal, caught the attention of a young woman, Naoma Gene McCammon, which grew into a love for each other. Harold and Naoma married on August 20, 1945 in Stillwater. Harold and Naoma became the parents of two children, Harold (Dusty) and Lisa. Harold worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and applied his education to assist developing and under developed countries, including Haiti, Dominican Republic, Kenya, and Costa Rica, in forming their respective agricultural markets and distribution systems. After devoting eight years with USAID from 1958 to 1966, he served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture for Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio managing its fiscal affairs until his retirement in 1994. Harold became noteworthy in his use of communicating with his peers through the use of yellow pads and large red-colored Flair pens. After his retirement from his post as Assistant Dean, he continued to play a support role for the College of Agriculture assisting the college's capital improvement projects and providing consulting services for the Kellogg Foundation in funding the nation of Costa Rica's agricultural technical school. Left to honor Harold and remember his love are Harold's two children, Harold (Gail) Bauman Jr. and Lisa Bauman (Randy) Smith; a sister, Martha Knoy; two brother and sisters-in-law, Kenny (Connie) Zorger and JC (Shirley) Vester; and several nephews and nieces. Harold was preceded in death by his wife Naoma, and both parents. Throughout his life, he always emphasized his role as a Husband, as a Father to his children, and to his family and friends by always being there for all of them. There will be no funeral services as Harold has pre-arranged for donating his body to the Ohio State University's Medical College for medical research for one year. At the conclusion of the year-long medical research program, his body will be cremated and his ashes spread along with his wife, Naoma, on the rural property of his daughter, Lisa Smith. The Bauman and Smith families would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at the Retirement Village and Hospice in Westerville for their attentiveness and loving care. Well wishes can be tendered to the Bauman Family c/o The Village at Westerville, 215 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, Ohio, 43081.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 16 to June 18, 2017
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