LeRoy Bauman 92 found eternal peace on December 2, 2018. He was born November 2, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI to John and Mary (Svec) Bauman. Roy enlisted in the army during WW II and was assigned to the Occupation of Japan in 1945. He re-enlisted as a First Lieutenant in the Korean War and served from July 1951-May 1952 as a platoon leader in the 27th Infantry Regiment.
He returned to marry the love of his life, Blanche (Haluza) Bauman in Milwaukee on June 2, 1951. Roy completed his Bachelor of Arts degree and then law degree from UW Madison in 1956. He was on the UW gymnastics team and even masqueraded as Bucky Badger at sporting events. He worked as a claim’s superintendent for State Farm Insurance which landed him in Appleton in 1967 with a career that spanned 35 years.
Roy and Blanche were blessed with four children: Lee (Peggy) Bauman, Madison, WI, Thomas (Debby) Bauman, Delafield, WI, Susan Kilian, Appleton, WI and Sally (John) Lewinski, Waupaca, WI; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Roy is survived by his wife Blanche. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers: John, Michael and Frank.
Roy influenced us with a strong work ethic, yet he taught us the importance of placing family ahead of many material pursuits. He had a big heart and he was always on the go to support his kid’s and grandkid’s sporting events and graduations. He enjoyed singing with the Fox Valleyaires barbershop group, golfing, boy scout outings and making maple syrup. He remained active with Sokol, a Czech gymnastics/athletic organization that maintained a base in Milwaukee. Roy had a zest for life and a thirst for knowledge which allowed him to enjoy his books and the Post Crescent even as his health failed. He cherished his family history and his Czech/Croation heritage.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Park Vista in Waupaca for their outstanding care and compassion. Their hard work allowed Roy and Blanche to spend their last years together.
Blanche was his rock, his true love. Na schledanou, until we meet again.
Visitation for Roy will be held at the Brettschneider Trettin - Nickel Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 4th, 2019 from 2 PM until 4 PM with a celebration of his life beginning at 4 PM In lieu of flowers, a gift in Roy’s name may be made to Friends of Appleton Public Library.