Wilfred "Bill" Duane Baumann


August 18, 1929 ~ April 25, 2008

Resided in: Rolling Hills Estates, CA

W.D. (Bill) Baumann, 78, a lifelong resident of Southern California and a twelve-year resident of Rolling Hills Estates, was born August 18, 1929 and passed away peacefully on Friday, April 25, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Bill was a kind and beautiful man, beloved by his family and his many friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of Rolling Hills Estates, CA; brother Roland (Michaelene) Baumann of Sun Lakes, AZ; sister Karen (Richard) Smarsty of Sun Lakes, AZ; son Brent Baumann of Agoura, CA; daughters Dana (Rodney) Mitchell of Surprise, AZ and Dawn Porkka of Colorado Springs, CO; step-sons Ronald (Carmen) Hansen of Gardena, CA and Steven Hansen of Rolling Hills Estates, CA; nephews Mark Baumann, Eric Baumann, and Wesley Hussey; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd in Torrance on Saturday May 10, 2008 at 11am. Burial will be private.

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  1. We’re so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We have good memories of Bill and your travels with us. God bless you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Bill and I spent many hours working on the propasal for the YH64 program. Very sorry to hear he is no longer with us. It’s been a couple of years since I spoke to him. We will be out of town for his services.

  3. I was an occupational therapist for Bill at Sunny Side Rehab. I thought the world of Bill and Ruth. I am so sorry, Ruth for your loss and if you ever need anything or just want to talk I will be here for you. It was always a pleasure seeing and treating Bill. You both had such class and dignity and were so genuine. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Ron

  4. Ruth – Bob and I were very fond of Bill – he was such a gentleman and someone we were proud to call friend. We pray that many wonderful memories of a lifetime shared with him will comfort you during this difficult time. Please know that we care . . . .

  5. We have so many happy memories of all our times together…living on the “hill”, doing dinners & movies, going on trips(Aruba, Hawaii, Panama Canal Cruise, etc) and just hanging out. We looked up to the two of you and you were our model of what a happy couple should be. We have truly lost a great friend. Ruth, you have our deepest sympathy and we love you.

  6. Dear Grandpa Bill, Thank you grandpa for everything you have done for my family and I. You have always been there and I will never for get all the summers you and grandma let me spend will you and from now and for ever will you always be in my body, mind and sole. I love you grandpa and never will for get you Love you Love darcy P.s. Grandma i’m sorry i cant be there for the service but please no you are in my heart and in my thoughts always and forever I love you. Rest in peace with God

  7. It is a beautiful video that goes with Bill’s beautiful spirit. We send our love to Ruth and family. Ruth, hopefully your hurting heart will ease as you remember the times that you were blessed to be together.

  8. Ruth, I have sent my thoughts via separate e-mail, but wanted to sign the guestbook. Sorry we could not be there for the service. We know you will miss him. Kindest Regards, Rodney & Adrianne Taylor

  9. Your life with Bill was truly two hearts joined as one. Something that most people never get the chance to experience. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good guy and had a kind soul.

  10. I was very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a a good person to work with and a collegue. He will be fondly remembered. Ed Carroll

  11. Ruth and Family; Diand and our family offer our condolences and best wishes to you in this time of sorrow. Bill was one of our favorite people, a wonderful neighbor and co-worker. May he rest in peace? Our prayers to the family.

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