In Memory of Willis "Bill" H. Baughman

Willis "Bill" H. Baughman
Willis "Bill" H. Baughman
Born: August 18, 1923
Died: September 26, 2018
Age: 95
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Willis "Bill" H. Baughman
August 18, 1923 - September 26, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Willis “Bill” H. Baughman, age 95, of Milford, Iowa (formerly of Ida Grove, Iowa) passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Accura Healthcare of Milford, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman and Pastor Marvin Lindley will officiate with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Military Rites will be conducted by McNamara Moore Post No. 61 of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Willis “Bill” Hugh Baughman, the son of Cecil and Gertrude (Bonesteel) Baughman, was born on August 18, 1923, in Lintlaw Saskatchewan, Canada. The family relocated back to the states when Bill was a young boy. He graduated from Sioux Rapids High School with the class of 1941.

Shortly after high school, Bill joined the United States Army and served during WWII. He honorably served his country overseas in the Philippines and was honorably discharged on January 14, 1946, in Leavenworth, KS.

Bill married the love of his life Margaret Tutt on June 23, 1946, in the Methodist Church in Laurens, IA. The couple settled in Marathon, IA. Bill reenlisted into the Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on September 20, 1951, at Camp Carson, CO.

After being discharged from the Army, Bill returned home to his family. He helped farm the family farm located in Laurens, IA, with his father Cecil. He also worked for the local gas station and OK Roofing. After their children were grown, Bill and Margaret relocated to Ida Grove, IA in 1977.

Bill managed Ida Grove Roofing for several years until his retirement. After retiring and the passing of his wife Margaret, Bill continued to live in Ida Grove up until the last 4 years.  He then moved into Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Estherville, IA. He had just recently moved to Accura HealthCare Nursing Home in Milford, IA, to be closer to family.

Bill was a faithful Methodist Church member. In his younger years he enjoyed teaching Sunday School and fulfilling the position of Lay Minister. He took great pride in his service to his country and was a member of the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the Ida Grove American Legion and the local VFW post. During his career he was also a part of the Iowa Roofing Association.

Bill was a member of the local country club and loved the game of golf. He also enjoyed all sports and attending his grandchildren’s events.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Ruthe (Norman) Gran of Jackson, MN, Jan (Ed) Varnum of Columbia, MO, Phyllis (Joe Bieler) Weiss of St. Charles, MO, Marilyn (Dan) Elwood of Verdigre, NE, Nancy Brewer of Okoboji, IA, and Tom (Cyndi) Baughman of Fort Wayne, IN; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren; extended family and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Cecil and Gertrude Baughman; wife Margaret Baughman; brothers Gerald and Bernard Baughman; and sister Betty Forest.


10:30 a.m., Monday
October 1, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman
Pastor Marvin Linley



Matthew Hellickson
Cody Elwood
John Coenen
Todd Runge
Scott Ulrich
Troy Larson

Honorary Pallbearers
Matthew Runge
Bentley Runge
Kayden Runge
Landon Runge
Samuel Williams
Levi Williams
Isabella Quinn
Taliyah Marsh


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
September 30, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"In The Garden"
"God Will Take Care Of You"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites by
McNamara-Moore Post No. 61
of the Ida Grove American Legion


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:30 PM
“Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Bill.
We didn't have the pleasure of meeting him but he sounds like he was a good guy. We pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time. We are part of Dan & Marilyn's church family. They are special people and want to extend our condolences to your family. ”
- Jack and June Kotrous
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:16 AM
“Phyllis and family: I read about the death of your father in the Sioux City Journal. Please know I am with you in spirit as you celebrate his life and bury him. Love, Colleen”
- Colleen Sernett-Shadle
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:16 AM
“Rest in peace Dad. Love Tom & Cyndi”
- Thomas Baughman
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:16 AM
“So sorry for you loss. Bill was always kind and a gentleman through and through. He and Margaret were such a great couple and we enjoyed knowing them as part of our church family.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Friday, September 28, 2018 at 2:15 PM
“Marilyn my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
- Cindy Brewer
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