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Ernest G. "Dirty Ernie" Baumann

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Ernest G. Baumann, Major USAF (Retired) (a.k.a. Dirty Ernie) died January 29, 2008. His ambition was to live to be 100, but he did not make it. In Ernies' own words, "I was born in Buffalo, New York on November 3, 1920, to Ernest D. Baumann and Susan K. Baumann. For The good of mankind, I was an only child. I graduated from the U.S. Army Air Corps flight school as a Second Lt. in March 1944. Flew 35 missions over Europe in WWII as an aircraft commander of a B-17 with the 8th Air Force." He retired from the Air Force in 1964 as a commander pilot with over 6000 hours in the air. He was proud of the fact that he started flying in Piper Cubs and progressed to flying jet bombers. After retirement, he was very active in the local theatrical community. In 2003 he received the prestigious Living Legend Of Theater award from Theater Arts Coalition Of San Antonio. He performed at all of the major area theaters. His roles extended from Old McDonald in children's theatre, the Pope in "The Day They Kidnapped The Pope", to starring as the Lone Ranger in dozens of Old Time Radio Productions. He performed with Death by Design Murder Mystery Troupe, The Extended Run Players, and was a featured soloist with The Cadenza Singers for the University of the Incarnate Word. He appeared as the singing bus driver in the 1980's Via commercials. He co-hosted the "Adopt a Pet" segment on the KENS TV Morning Show for over 20 years. In his final stage appearance, he was a featured performer in the University of the Incarnate Word 2007 production: "Memories on Review: Tales of WWII" sharing his wartime experiences. Following this, he was selected to appear in the KLRN film production "World War II: In Our Words," which aired locally in August 2007. He was President of the Board of Speech Arts Association of San Antonio, and past President of the Auxiliary at Warm Springs Hospital where he did volunteer work for many years. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Robert E. Baumann who died in 1991. He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Lois (Chips) P. Baumann, his step-mother, Inez Baumann of Buffalo, New York, his brother-in-law, Robert Schroeder and wife Betty Schroeder of Buffalo, New York, sons, James R. (Mie) Baumann and John E. Baumann of Austin, Texas, grandchildren, Heather C. Baumann and Nathan C. (Susan) Baumann of Austin, Texas, great grandchildren, Christian Robert Baumann, Lux Louise Baumann and Nicole Baumann of Austin, Texas as well as a multitude of friends. Friends are invited to join in a joyous celebration of his life at Harlequin Dinner Theater at Fort Sam Houston on Monday, February 4, 2008 from 2 pm till 5 pm. Sunset Funeral Home.

Published in Express-News on Feb. 3, 2008
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