June 10, 1944 – May 12, 2019
Richard L. Baumgartner of Keenesburg, Colorado died May 12, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 10, 1944 somewhere in Colorado, to Ruben and Ruth Baumgartner. Richard was raised in Keenesburg on the farm. As a child he was often found ditching school in the fields his dad farmed. He met Linda, during their high school years. They soon became high school sweethearts. They graduated together in 1963. They were married two years later on June 19, 1965. During those two years, Richard worked at the local gas station and attended mechanic school. In October of 1966, he was drafted into the United States Marines. He served for close to 2 years, barely escaping a bullet that hit his helmet 2 weeks before he was to come home. He was proud of his service but not overly fond of the memories that accompanied it and didn't talk about it at all until way later in life. After returning home, he and Linda began to farm with his brothers and dad. They had four children, Curtis, Shelly, Erin and Candice, and led a simple life. The family worked together and played together. He grew to love the land, the farming, and the life it provided. Farming, along with fishing trips, his children and extended family were his passions and hobbies in life. Richard took the loss of Linda in November 2003 very hard. He continued to farm for a couple more years then let Curtis take over things. He spent the remainder of his life, checking on the fields, the kids and the grandkids. He is survived by daughters; Shelly (Bryan) Copeland of Keenesburg Colorado, Erin (John) Moreland of Brighton Co, Candice (Glenn) Palmer Wiggins, Co, son; Curtis (Leslie) Baumgartner of Keenesburg Co, sister; Lori (Randy) Grindle Wiggins Co, brother; Rodney (Helen) Baumgartner of Keenesburg Co, grandchildren; Sydney, Taya, Braden and Tanner Baumgartner, Tristan, (Julia), Harlea, Kash and Kacee Copeland all from Keenesburg Colorado, Savannah and Trinity Moreland of Brighton Colorado, Chloe, Quincy, and Whitnee Palmer of Wiggins Colorado. He is preceded in death by wife Linda Baumgartner, brothers, Gary and Kenny Baumgartner, sister Sandra Wagner, sister in laws, Patty Baumgartner and Mary Miller , parents Ruben and Ruth Baumgartner, numerous other loved family members Visitation 5-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Stoddard Funeral Home 3205 W. 28th St, Greeley. Funeral service 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Community United Methodist Church 195 Main St, Keenesburg, Co. There will be a sunset burial at 6 p.m. at Linn Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Keene Clinic in care of Stoddard Funeral Home. Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign an online guestbook.
- Bryan Copeland
- John Moreland
- Glenn Palmer
- Braden Baumgartner
- Tanner Baumgartner
- Tristan Copeland
- Kash Copeland
- Kacee Copeland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Quincy Copeland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Interment Thursday, May 16, 2019
May 14, 2019
My cousin Richard was always so kind to me. Even though I didn't see him often he would always try to tease me. He was very quiet, but very observant! He made this world a better place!