John Leslie “Les” Baumgartner, 93, of Sabetha, formerly of Bern, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.
Les was born Oct. 27, 1925, in Pawnee City, Neb., the son of Lou and Lena (Hanni) Baumgartner. He attended Prairie Star Country School and Bern High School. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. After attending one year of college at Kansas State University, he returned home to the family farm.
On March 27, 1949, Les married Leora Sarah Meyer in Sabetha. They lived and farmed in the Bern and Sabetha communities. Les’ life passion was farming and feeding cattle. He always appreciated his extended family, his Swiss heritage, the Bern community and visiting with his many friends and acquaintances. Les attended the Bern Apostolic Christian Church his entire life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leora; and his parents.
Les is survived by three daughters, Kathy of the Apostolic Christian Home, Jan Baumgartner of Santa Maria, Calif., and Peggy (Kyle) Strahm of Sabetha; son, John (Lori) Baumgartner of Sabetha; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leonard of Sabetha.
Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Bern Apostolic Christian Church. Interment was made in the Bern Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home or the Nemaha County Training Center, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Street, Sabetha, KS 66534. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.popkessmortuaries.com.
The Sabetha Herald 12/19/2018