Walter "Wally" M. Baumann
January 15, 1936 – October 4, 2021
Walter (Wally) M. Baumann, born January 15, 1936 and passed away peacefully in his home on October 4, 2021 at the age of 85 years old in Helotes, Texas after being cared for the past 24 months by his loving, caring and devoted wife Sandy of 48 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Hertha Baumann, son Walter (Walt) Jr., brothers George (Joey), Vernon and Nephew Randy.
Wally attended and graduated from Little Flower Catholic School in 1955. After graduating he worked at his fathers auto repair shop, Baumann Auto Repair on Cincinnati Avenue, established in 1927. During this time he also served in the National Guard from 1955 to 1964. Prior to his fathers passing in 1961, Wally began running the shop, later purchasing and expanding it from 7 bays to 15 bays including an auto parts store and machine shop making it the oldest and largest independent auto repair shop in San Antonio. Wally's motto was quality and honest service (this he lived by). A second location was opened from 1986 to 1999.
During Wally's automotive career, he was also an active member of The Texas Independent Automotive Association. Wally held several officer titles within the state and local chapter. He was also a working member of The Helotes Festival Association and The Helotes Optimist Club for several years. Soon after his retirement and selling of Baumann Auto Repair, he and a good friend opened a trailer sales business in Helotes for a number of years. Before and after retirement, in 2001, Wally enjoyed farming, hunting, tending to his cattle, going to the lake house and his morning gatherings with his coffee buddies.
Wally was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle who will truly be missed by all. He is survived by his wife Sandra (Sandy), daughter Brandi Wright and husband Tom, brother Edwin and wife Kevin, sister in laws Carolyn and Peggy, grandchildren Alexandra Canales (Emiliano), Shelby Lloyd (Cameron), Clay Burnett (Deserae), Hailey Burnett (Chad), Kolton Wright (MacKenzie) and Macayla Wright and (3) great grandchildren, Zayden, Tenley and Luke along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Sandy and family would like to give extra thanks and bless those that were there for Wally, including Dr. M. Isbell, Dr. T. Hernandez, Father Dennis Jarzombek, Sheri Speed, Jason Lewis, Mike Ellefritz, Skilled Nursing of Encompass and the staff of Personal Care Management. We also want to thank those who showed their love, compassion and prayers for Wally during his illness.
To all that knew him, your memories will now become a treasure you will hold in your heart forever.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 4-6pm at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, Texas. There will be a private graveside service for family only.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Wally’s name.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Walter "Wally" M. Baumann
October 17, 2021
Words cannot express the sorrow of losing someone so dear to our hearts. So we celebrate in knowing someone who touched us all. My prayers are with you Sandy and please know you and Wally have always had a special place in my heart. Thank y’all
October 16, 2021
Sandy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God Bless you with wonderful memories of all the many years you shared.
Leo and Stevie Seitz
October 15, 2021
I grew up near the original Baumann garage and knew all the brothers. It was so special that we eventually found ourselves also living in Helotes and working beside Wally and Sandy in the HFA. They are such wonderful people. Sandy, our love and prayers are with you.
Sonny & Dixie Rossi
October 12, 2021
Wally was a dear friend. I went to school with him for a while, then started to hang out with him. We had a great time. Going to miss him-Sonny/I met Wally & the Family after Sonny & I got married. We came down on vacations & always got together with Wally & the Famalies. Dixie