Herman Joseph Baumgartner, age 92, died peacefully at his assisted living facility in Houston Texas on August 11, 2018. He was born to Peter and Barbara Baumgartner on a farm close to Linton, ND, moving to Strasburg, ND. He attended grade school and some high school in North Dakota before moving to Yakima, WA. After high school he enlisted in the Navy and served his country proudly before being honorably discharged. He was able to make use of the G.I. bill to help him get his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and his PhD from UCLA also in Chemistry.
In 1950 he married Virginia Roach and the moved to L.A. So he could complete is coursework at UCLA. He was recruited out of college to work at Shell and moved to Northern California where he worked on many chemical projects at the Emeryville facility. When that facility closed , there was a short stint in Southern California and then a move to Houston Texas where he would retire in from Shell in 1986. He remained in the Houston area after retirement till his death.
Herman was a member of the Catholic community and sang for many years in the choir, with Prince of Peace being his parish.
Herman was an avid reader, especially history novels and the occasional mystery thrown in. When he was in his 30's and 40's he and his wife were devoted bowlers, many years on leagues. He also was a wiz at bridge and was on many leagues and taught bridge to many just starting out.
Herman was preceded in death by his mother and father, Peter and Barbara Baumgartner, his brother William Baumgartner and his wife Virginia Ruth Baumgartner. He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth, Catherine and Michael , his sister Bernice, five grandchildren, Ian , Niccole, Jacob, Everett and Monique and two great granddaughters.
Viewing will take place at Cy-Fair Funeral Home from 5 till 7 on August 15th. Funeral Mass will be said at 12:30 August 16th at Prince of Peace with interment at Houston Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
Herman will be greatly missed. He made an impact on everyone around him. Was always quick with a smile and witty reply. In lieu of flowers the family is asking donations for Brookdale Hospice which helped so much in his last days.