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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lewis Edward Baucom, age 84, former resident of 802 S. Barbee, Fort Scott, and more recently of Wichita, Kansas, died Monday, April 05, 2010, at Wichita Veterans Hospital.

He was born September 29, 1925, at Crandall, Kan. He was the eldest son out of 7 boys and 2 girls born to Lewis Joseph and Bertha Baucom of Fort Scott, Kansas.

Lewis attended grade school and was drafted into the army his senior year of High School in 1942 for WW II. He served in the 19th Field Artillery Battalion. He fought in the Northern France Campaign, the Ardennes Campaign, and the Rhineland Campaign.

He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon W/3 Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal WD Cir 326 1945 and 1 Overseas Service Bar.

He was honorably discharged at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, on November 18, 1945.

He tried to date one of his future wife's sisters while on leave. He was told "You would be just like a big brother to me, but I have a sister at home you should meet!" She took him home to meet his future wife, Marie Kernoodle. After exchanging letters and several phone calls, they were united in marriage Sept. 29, 1945 in Sunnyslope, Ariz. They have shared over 64 years of marriage life.

Lewis and Marie made life an adventure for 1 son and 4 daughters. They instilled values into their children, sometimes with a paddle, but they tried hard to provide a stable home, and a loving environment.

Lewis made a living from being a sawmill operator; he cut and brought in his own logs. Sometimes he would come home with wild animals for the kids to raise, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and whatever his chainsaws and noise made homeless.

Lewis provided for his family with various jobs, he was a truck driver, farmer, wielder and bricklayer. He was truly a "jack-of-all-trades".

With in-laws in Arizona and family in Kansas, they traveled a lot, living in different places, trying to keep family together. At least once he came home for supper and was moving before bedtime!

He loved children and they loved him, children just seemed to gravitate toward him. He had fun but also kept discipline at all times. Lewis did not speak bad words about anyone. Lewis knew no strangers and gave a helping hand when he could, he will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, 1 brother, Jerry Baucom of Fort Scott, Ks. and 1 sister, Judith Baker of Las Vegas, Nevada. Four children: Joe Baucom of Independence, Mo. and companion Judy; Dora and her husband Bob George of Wichita, Kan.; Jo Ann and her husband, John Scott of Ottawa, Kan.; and Kathy and her husband, Gary Swingle of Edgewater, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren, 2 step great, great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Ann Castleberry, his parents, 5 brothers, and 1 sister.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services for Lewis Baucom at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott.

Military honors will be provided by Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Veterans Administration Hospice and may be left in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.