Joseph "Ed" Baumann

Born: Wed., Mar. 18, 1936
Died: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 08, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Nov. 09, 2017
Location: St. Patrick Catholic Church

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Joseph (Ed) Baumann, 81, Kokomo, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his farm in Logansport. He was born March 18, 1936 in Logansport to Joseph E and Mary Ellen (Frushour) Baumann. He attended school at Washington Township, Cass County and St. Vincent Elementary School. He was a graduate of Purdue University and Ball State University.

His first teaching job was at Wawaka School in Noble County. He met and married his wife Mary Ellen Kelsey on June 1, 1963 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Albion, IN. the couple moved to Kokomo in 1964 when Ed took a teaching and coaching position at Elwood Haynes School. He later moved to the high school where he taught Drivers Education. Ed retired in 1996 from Kokomo High School. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, National Education Association, Retired Teachers, and Knights of Columbus.

He loved spending time at the family farm and attending his girls’ and grandchildren’s athletic activities. Ed was a Purdue, Kokomo High School, Chicago Cubs, and Indianapolis Colts fan.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ellen Baumann; daughters, Katrina (Mike) Hoelscher, West Chester, OH, Sarah (Mike) Hemmerich, Kokomo, IN, and Maurita (John) Taylor, Westfield, IN; grandchildren, Nathaniel Hemmerich, Olivia Hemmerich, Mitchell Hoelscher, and Addison Taylor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday November 9, 2017 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 North Washington Street, Kokomo, with Rev. Fr. David Huemmer the celebrant. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, where the Rosary will be offered at 7:00 p.m. Messages of condolence may be submitted at

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Lori Stanley Larimore
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
So sorry to hear of Mr. Baumann's passing. He was the best Driver Education teacher. He was very patient with his students and he taught them to be very defensive drivers. Sarah, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

Ricke Stucker
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
RIH, Ed. We'll miss you. You touched so many lives-positively! Job well done!

Becky Lewis
   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
Prayers and love sent to all of you in your loss. It will be an empty spot for you all. He was loved by many. Your OLD 4H leader.

   Posted Tue November 07, 2017
A good man. He was my 6th grade teacher at Elwood Haynes and my drivers education teacher at KHS. He missed our field trip in the 6th grade because he felt it more important that his wife was delivering their first baby. 😉

He also taught many mothers of my friends to drive in their middle age years my aunt being one of them. Later while my own child attended KHS I would often see him at games and he was always friendly. It's sad to lose this good man.

Karla Learner
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
Thinking of you at this difficult time. I have a lot of great memories of all of you, including Ed teaching me to drive!