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Virgil W. Baumann, 75

Virgil W. Baumann, age 75, of New Germany, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

There will be a memorial service Thursday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. Howard Krienke officiating. One hour prior to the service, there will be a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

Virgil was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Watertown, the son of Walter and LuVerna (Zuehl) Baumann.

He was baptized Feb. 13, 1944, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany; and confirmed April 14, 1957, also at St. Mark’s.

Virgil lived most of his life in rural New Germany. Growing up, he loved farming and he especially loved his horses.

He was a graduate of Central High School class of ‘61.

Virgil was united in marriage to Shirley (Kellermann) Paulson April 22, 1967, and their marriage was blessed with five children.

Virgil served in the US Army in Kansas and Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1970.

He enjoyed playing many years of baseball with the New Germany Dutchmen.

He also served over 20 years on the New Germany Fire Department.

After discharge from the Army, Virgil worked at Fleming Manufacturing (Van Dale), and then, from 1977 until 1989, he worked for Lakeland Door/Unidoor as a delivery truck/short haul semi driver.

His main career in life and what he retired from eventually, in 2009, was driving for CART. He made lifelong friends and truly enjoyed the work he did helping and serving others.

Virgil was often the life of the party, telling jokes and kidding around with people. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed listening to old time country music. One of his favorites was Gene Autry; and his family has fond memories of him yodeling along while driving with family on road trips.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and LuVerna Baumann; granddaughter Courtney Pahl; brother Weldon Baumann; and brothers-in-law Eldon Klemp, and Maynard Kirchoff.

He is survived by his loving family: children Brent Baumann and special friend Lisa Draskovic of Winter, WI, Heidi Pahl of Hastings, Krista (Michael) Lindgren of Savage, Craig and Debbie Baumann of Palm Coast, FL, and Nicholas Baumann of New Germany; and grandchildren Kayla Baumann, Alex Baumann, Brandon Pahl, Zachary Pahl, Hannah Lindgren, Luke Lindgren, Ashley Baumann and special friend Isaac Dibb, Jaden Becker and special friend Morgan Bolduc, Brooke Baumann, and Nicholas Baumann Jr.

Virgil is further survived by great-grandchildren Kora Pahl, and Emma Lemke; sister LuAnn Kirchoff of Mayer; brother Harlan (Cheryl) Baumann of Watertown; sister-in-law Twylla Baumann of New Germany; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

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