APPLETON, Wis. - Family and friends are mourning the loss of their brother, uncle, and good friend Brace A. Bauman. He passed away of a sudden heart attack in Appleton, Wis., Monday evening, Nov. 26, 2012.
Brace was born in Escanaba on Feb. 12, 1957. His primary school years were at the Buckeye Elementary and he graduated from Gladstone High School. He later earned his associates degree as a licensed mechanic from Bay de Noc Community College.
Brace's parents, Marion and Leslie Bauman, settled in the Delta County area in 1955. They left Battle Creek, Mich., in an old, beat up moving truck in hopes of building their life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and indulging in their love of hunting and fishing. The family's first home was a fire rangers cabin in Stonington. Upon Leslie Bauman's hire at Mead Paper Company the family permanently settled in Gladstone and happily made their preparations for Brace's birth. Marion owned and operated a beauty salon in Gladstone for 25 years and Leslie retired from Mead Paper in 1984.
Brace A. Bauman
Brace moved, for a time, to Shepard, Mich., where he made a new home with wife Susan. His love of the U.P. and deer hunting brought him back to this area he loved. He was a proficient metal piece worker and carpenter employed by various companies in his lifetime.
Mr. Bauman is survived by his wife, Susan of Tennessee; a daughter, Mariah Bauman of Mississippi; one sister, Suzanne (Bill) Shellenbarger of Gladwin, Mich.; nephew, Danial (Heather) Murphy of Midland, Mich.; niece, Sara (Kirt) Hooten of Abilene, Texas; niece, Jessica (Larry) Davis of Elk City, Okla.; five great-nephews, Cole and Jackson Hooten, Aidan and Ryan Murphy, and Nicholas Davis; one great-niece Lyndsey Davis. Good friends Mark Stewart, Louie LeFleur, Brenda Beauchamp - Schmidt, and Blaine McClister have also been devastated by his untimely death.
Brace's parents, Leslie and Marion Bauman, preceded him in death.
Throughout Brace's life he wrestled bravely with epilepsy and it was his wish that any donations on his behalf be directed to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan www.epilepsymichigan.org.
A memorial will be held at Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone on Saturday, Dec. 8. Family and friends will gather for a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service to celebrate Brace's life at 11 a.m. Those attending are encouraged to share one memorable recollection they have of Brace. According to his wishes Brace will join his father by having his ashes spread on their favorite spot near Little Bay de Noc.
For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.