Peterson Funeral Chapel
Fred Dale Baum, a longtime community supporter and Aurora educator, 85, of Aurora, died Thursday evening, June 16th, surrounded by his children at Cox South in Springfield.
Mr. Baum was born on August 30, 1936, to his parents–Roland and Emma Baum--on a farm on the outskirts of Aurora. A 1954 graduate of Aurora High School, he was active in a variety of clubs and organizations. He was a charter member of the Aurora Houn’ Dawg Alumni Center Hall of Fame in 2018 and had received numerous awards from his community. He loved hunting and raising his award-winning Baum’s Beagles (also known as the Baum Squad) and enjoying the outdoors with his friends and family. He was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Connie; and a brother, Burl Baum–all of Aurora.
Mr. Baum’s legacy is long and colorful. In high school, he enjoyed playing trumpet in the band and playing football. He attended college at Southwest Missouri State. He taught industrial arts at Koshkonong, Pacific, Fordland and finally at his hometown of Aurora–where he would teach and coach for 22 years. He also loved being the senior class sponsor. He started a local talent show called Woodbutchers’ Follies. It was designed to showcase student talent in a variety of forms and often featured past winners and community guests. He also earned Missouri Teacher of the Year honors.
He loved his family, his friends, his community, his school and his students.
Following his retirement from public education, Baum also worked as a model for Bass Pro and Cabin Country consultant in the outdoor television industry. He was also a talented artist and loved to paint.
Survivors include one son, Dale Baum (Cindy) of Aurora, three daughters–Renee Graham (Chris) of DeSoto, Kansas, Michelle Bellamy (Scott) of Olathe, Kansas, and Dani Myers (Dan) of Republic; two brothers,--Al Baum of Roanoke, Virginia, and Rex Baum of Webb City; four sisters– Maxine Wolfe (Bill) of Springfield; Maryann Thomas of Mt. Vernon, Judy Mooneyham (Darrell) of Aurora, and Donna Freiburger (Paul) of Aurora; seven grandchildren–Courtney Ellis (Andrew), Clark Graham (Kirstin), Nicholas Dale Baum, Cole Bellamy, Drew Bellamy, Sidney Kiger and Nick Kiger; two great-grandchildren–Hadley Ellis and Burke Ellis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.
Services will be held Wednesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held prior to the services at 12 noon. Graveside services will follow in Maple Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations for a Fred Baum Memorial Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel of Aurora.