Denzel Howard Baumgartner, 85, of Sabetha, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1928, the son of Sylvan Baumgartner and Mary (Samson) Baumgartner, of Woodlawn, KS.
Denzel attended school and graduated from the 8th grade and attended two months of high school. He was inducted in the U.S. Army on May 6, 1952. He completed his basic training at Ft. Riley, KS in the 10th Infantry Division. He went overseas to Germany, where he served for 18 months. He returned home where he farmed and moved to the home place in 1959. He was a successful farmer and received the Kansas Bankers Award for Conservation in 1981.
He married Ethel Wilhelm on Aug. 9, 1952 at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly.
Denzel was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Bob Herzog.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; six sons, Dwaine (Teresa) Baumgartner, Robert (Patty) Baumgartner, Russell Baumgartner and Dennis (Lisa) Baumgartner, all of Sabetha, Stacey Baumgartner and Paul (Sherry) Baumgartner, both of Falls City; five daughters, Elaine (Harry) Worden, of Topeka, Darlene (Duane) Briggeman, of Surprise, AZ, Jane Herzog, of Huntsville, TX, Mary Addington, of Topeka and Shirley (Shane) Magness, of Huntsville; a sister, Norma Jean Fiegiener, of Topeka; 21 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family and sent in care of the funeral home.