Steven R. Bauman, 82, of Berne passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born March 31, 1939, in Decatur to Sylvan and Ruth (Rumple) Bauman. He was married March 29, 1959, at First Missionary Church in Berne to Myrna Amstutz. They were married for 62 years before his passing.
He was a member of First Mennonite Church, where he was an usher and drove the church bus to take the children to church camp. He and his wife were also on the original committee to start junior church. He was a lifetime member of the Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association in Portland, where he showed tractors for 42 years.
He graduated in 1957 from Geneva High School, where he played basketball and ran cross country and track. As a young man with a new family, he worked for his uncle Clarence Bauman in construction which was very significant to him as a young man. He retired from the postal service after 30 years of service. He helped his father and brother farm for several years. After retirement, he worked in maintenance at Smith Brothers and mowed the MRE Cemetery in Berne for five years. He also enjoyed helping his son at Liechty Farms.
He loved his family and grandchildren very much. They enjoyed spending time together. He coached little league baseball for the Linn Grove Pirates and pony league for Berne Furniture. He was an avid Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, Bears and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was honored by the South Adams Athletic Department as a lifelong sports fan. He ran the chains for the South Adams football teams for several years. He loved to squirrel and mushroom hunt. He and his wife loved to vacation in the Freeport Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas and did so for 39 years.
He is survived by his wife of Berne; daughter, Jan (Dr. Alan) Harshman of Bluffton; son, Kurt (Jill Campbell) Bauman of Decatur; two sisters, Rosie Hoffman; and Kathi (Charlie) Tooley, both of Berne; brother, Doug (Candy) Bauman of Geneva; and four grandchildren, Zackrey (Becky) Bauman; Tori (Pierce) Bauman; Myranda (Brian) Bauman; and Jamie Harshman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 16 from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service Friday, December 17 at First Mennonite Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Jim Schwartz, Pastor Jeff Linthicum and Pastor Mike Wertenberger. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Church household treasury or South Adams Athletic Department.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.