Charles Arthur Baumgart, Sr., (MSGT, USAF), passed on to be with his maker on January 8, 2018. His wife, Frances, was with him. Charles (Chuck) was born to Arthur A. Baumgart and Mathilda Kieselbach Baumgart on April 24, 1931, during a snow storm, on a farm in Rice County, Minnesota. He was delivered by a midwife, Martha Turner. Charles was preceeded in passing by his namesake Charles Arthur Jr, his parents, Dean (brother), Katherine (sister) and her husband, Ted Bocker. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fran, four children, Susan Denise Jones, her husband Bill, Brenda Sue Gilbert, husband Ken, Mark Baumgart, his wife Barbara, Margaret Ann Priest, and her husband Chris. Four Grandchildren, Kathryn Gilbert, Brett Baumgart, his wife Chris, Alex Priest, Chad Baumgart, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He grew up on a farm in Minnesota where he enjoyed trapping, hunting, and fishing. He spent the first eight years of his education in a one-room school house. He then attended Medford HS, Medford, MN, where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. After graduation he joined the Air Force on September 30, 1949. He was stationed on bases in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, France and California. While in California, he was deployed by the Air Force numerous times to Johnston Islandlocated in the South Pacific. There he worked with the Space Satellite Defense System team, known as the early Star Wars program. He retired from the Air Force July 31, 1970.
While in the Air Force he earned 3 college degrees majoring in education. The family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There he taught Social Studies for several years before establishing a High School Electronics program employing the skills he learned in the Air Force.
In 1992 he began his second retirement returning to his hobbies of hunting, fishing, and telling stories of the real Cowboys and Indians that had been passed on to him from his Great Aunt Ida Landt, his father, uncles and aunts.
But most important to Chuck was always his family. For 65 years Fran was the love of his life and his best friend. Chuck and Fran established their family bringing five children into this world. Everything he did was for his family, loving and caring for them. He encouraged and supported his family and was so proud of all their accomplishments and the families his children built.
The family wants to thank Pastor John Hirst for nurturing his faith in God and Dr. Arif Shakoor for taking care of his physical needs for the past twenty years.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your church or favorite charity in memory of Chuck.
Arrangements are under the direction of Seawinds Funeral Home, Okeechobee. Condolences may be shared online at www.seawindsokeechobee.com.