Baucom, Rev. Michael
Rev. Michael Baucom, 68, Green Bay, died peacefully at his home Friday, April 11, 2014, after a courageous battle with brain cancer for nine months. He was surrounded by his wife and children. Michael was born April 18, 1945, in Schenectady, NY to his parents, Mary Jane Baucom and the late Ivan C. Baucom.
Michael attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and graduated in l972. He felt a call to the ministry, enrolled at Warburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, and was ordained as a pastor on July 11, 1976. While attending Warburg Seminary, Michael met the love of his life, Myrna Albertson and they were married on May 25, 1974. The couple would have celebrated 40 years of marriage in May. Together, they had two wonderful children and were blessed with three grandchildren.
Michael had retired in June of 2013, as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI, where he presided since 1999. His career in ministry also included serving as a Chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, WI, Pastor at McFarland Lutheran Church, and Christ Lutheran in Sedalia, MO.
Michael treasured his family and loved spending time with them and being in their presence. He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren's activities, mission trips to New Orleans, his daily walk with Reggie (his loyal Shih Tzu), Bible/Book Studies with fellow clergy, serving on the East Synod Committee for Candidacy for seminary students, serving on the Board of Directors of the NEW Community Shelter, and reading to the students at Tank Elementary. Michael greatly valued his relationships that he made during his 35 years of ministry.
Michael enlisted in the United States Army in 1966. He served in the Army for three years, including 19 months in Vietnam, which included the 155th Aviation Company. Michael was awarded two Purple Hearts, multiple Air Medals with "V" Device, and the Silver Star amongst other military honors. He also served in the Wisconsin National Army Guard as Chaplain from 1985 to 1989. Michael had hoped to counsel returning veterans during his retirement.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Myrna Baucom, Green Bay; two children, Chelsea (John Young) Baucom-Young, and their children, Holden, Caden, and Maxwell Young, Clintonville, WI; and Brett (Erin) Baucom, San Francisco, CA; his mother, Mary Jane Baucom, Roscoe, IL; his siblings, Steve (Barb) Baucom, Hood River, OR; and Janet (Rich) Myers, Minneapolis, MN. Other family members include three brothers-in-law and their spouses, the late Dennis Albertson and wife, CJ; Dean and Sherry Albertson, and Myron Albertson and Donal Welch. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan C. Baucom; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Evelyn Albertson; and brother-in-law, Dennis Albertson.
The family will receive friends at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 21. Friends may also call at Trinity Lutheran Church, 330 S. Broadway, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22. The Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation be made to Trinity Lutheran Church for outreach ministries or NEW Community Shelter at 301 Mather Street, Green Bay, WI 54303 in Michael's honor.
Michael is greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Apr. 13 to Apr. 20, 2014
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303