Donald R. Bauman

Donald R. Bauman, of St. Peters, was born on September 13, 1936 in Batesville, the son of Wilbur and Belva Boggess Bauman.  He married Kathy Strothman on August 29, 1964 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.  After working briefly at Harrison Bowl, Donald spent 30 years at Hill-Rom and later retired from Owens-Corning.  He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Penntown and in his spare time he enjoyed many hobbies.  Donald loved to bowl and was active in the Wednesday afternoon league in Batesville.  He also enjoyed the casinos and pitching horseshoes.  Donald umpired for many years and afterwards, sometimes to the dismay of his family, he continued “umping” from the bleachers.  At the age of 80, he passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford after a brief illness.


Those surviving who will honor Donald’s memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Kathy Bauman; children, Kevin (Jan) Bauman and Kim (Ron) Buckler, both of Brookville, Jeff (Dana Wilson) Bauman of St. Peters, Kellie Bauman of McCordsville, Brian (Karla) Bauman of Brookville, and Blake (Christie) Bauman of Bright; 10 grandchildren and 1 on the way; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Wiedeman of Sunman, and a brother, Larry (Bertie) Bauman of Sunman.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Wilbur Eugene Bauman, one additional brother, Robert Bauman and a brother-in-law, Alvin Wiedeman.


Friends may visit with the family from 5 until 8 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017 and again Tuesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at St. John’s UCC – Penntown. Pastor Lynne Busch will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m., and burial will follow in St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery.


Memorial contributions can be directed to the Olivia Rebecca Waggoner Endowment at the Franklin County Community Foundation or to St. John’s UCC – Penntown Cemetery.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Donald Bauman.