Ardell E. Bauman, 74, took his last breaths Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, due to complications of Covid-19.
He was born June 6, 1946, to Viola and Arnold Bauman. Growing up, Ardell lived in Edgar and Mondovi where he showed his skills on the basketball court and helped out on the family farm with their egg delivery business. He graduated from Mondovi High School in 1964. He attended college at UW Eau Claire from 1965-1968 in the area of business and then enlisted in the Army to serve his country as a chaplain’s assistant. His family later moved to Chippewa Falls to continue on with the Bauman Construction Company that they began in Mondovi. Ardell spent most of his life working building better buildings for his family’s business.
Even after retirement, Ardell continued his love of building by developing and building condominiums and other projects. During his retirement years he spent his time enjoying the lake and livelihood of Chetek, Wis. with his wife, friends and family. He loved trolling around on his pontoon on a sunny summer day and taking in the area festivities and establishments that this area provided. Ardell lived his life with a deep love of family, friends, hunting, fishing, boating on the water and watching the Green Bay Packers. These things brought him joy and were his life’s purpose. In life, we all have a beginning, a middle and an end. Ardell lived a wonderfully, meaningful middle. During this middle, he has left behind many memories with those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Ardell lives on in the minds and hearts of his loving wife, Sharon (Zillmer) Bauman; his children, Katie (Pete) Tessmer and Kyle (Amy) Bauman; his grandchildren, Brooke, Brenden and Brynn Bauman and Ashely Tessmer; his stepsons, Jesse (Jamie) Hartman and Chad (Andrea) Hartman and their children; his grandchildren, Jack, Luke, Grayson and Wyatt; his brother, Merle (Sharon) Bauman; and sister, Shirley Lueschow; along with countless others whom he touched their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Arnold Bauman; his brother, Gerald Bauman Sr.; and sister, Lois Thompson. While we grieve the one day of his passing, we carry with us the 74 years of the memories he left with us. We believe he is now floating on the lake in heaven, having a beverage, shooting the breeze and catching up with his departed relatives. He is “gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in our hearts.” He will forever be missed and fondly remembered.
Ardell’s family would like to give a special thank you to the physicians and CCU staff at Mayo Clinic Health System for their outstanding care at a time when we could not be there ourselves. Due to present day health concerns, there will be a celebration of life scheduled this summer.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.cremationsociety-wi.com.