John Carl Baum
1933 - 2021

July 28, 1933 ˜ September 24,

On Sept. 24, 2021, John Carl Baum, our father, brother, friend and follower of his savior, Jesus Christ, passed from his humble life on earth to his eternal reward in Heaven.
John was born July 28, 1933. He was the first born son to Carl and Mary Baum, who resided at that time in Libertyville, IL. He attended St. Joseph Church and grade school, and graduated from Libertyville High School, class of 1951. The family moved to Ivanhoe in 1948.
John was the oldest brother in a family of nine. Being the “Big Brother”, he was always lending a helping hand to his family as well as others. As the oldest, he took the responsibility to be a good example, helping out with the younger ones, as well as developing his own skills in carpentry and other leadership roles. John was a very talented man and could do many things and do them well.
He was a veteran serving in the United States Army. He also worked at Ace Hardware and Hampton Greeting Cards in Libertyville in his younger days.
In 1966 John moved this family to Vancouver, WA, where he was employed as a department manager for Boise Cascade Paper company, retiring after 25 years of service in 1991.
In 1989, he went on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, and left not only with several rosary chains that had turned gold, but also with a promise to the Lord that he would devote more time to Him. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society, helping others in need. He was a servant of God and served as a Lector and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and the Eucharistic Outreach Ministry to hospitals. He attended Daily Mass, and soon found himself leading the prayers. He was conscious of strangers coming to St. Joseph’s and made it a point to not just greet them, but to interact with them. He was actively involved in St. Vincent DePaul for many years, helping out, and collecting food from various stores.
He is survived by his three children, Geryl (Judy), Anchorage, AK, Sheryl (John) Hilmers, Scottsdale, AZ, and Brad (Amy), Highlands Ranch, CO; and three grandchildren, Justin, Anchorage, AK, Erin and Kara, Highlands Ranch, CO. He is also survived by his siblings, Rich, Mary Anne (John) Baier, Carol (Jerry) Rhoton, and Diane (Larry) Hook; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, oldest sister, Angie; and younger brothers, Larry, Frank, and Bill.
Services will be held on Oct. 21, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 1, 2021.
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