L eonard Samuel Baumgartner was born on December 22, 1926 the son of Louis Baumgartner and Lena (Hanni) Baumgartner, in Pawnee City, Nebraska. He was one of two children born to this union. He attended Prairie Star Country School, and graduated from Bern Rural High School in 1944. Grain and Livestock farming with his dad, and later with his sons was a way of life for many years. He devoted his life to Christ shortly before his marriage to Nancy Jane Hartter on April 8, 1962. Five children were born to this union.
Leonard died on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Apostolic Christian Home, being 93 years of age. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy of 39 years, daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Lee Ukele, granddaughters, Marlee Ukele and Natalie Baumgartner, and brother and sister-in-law, Les and Leora Baumgartner.
He is survived by two sons, Jeff (Kim) Baumgartner and Jay (Heidi) Baumgartner both of Bern, Kansas, and two daughters, Heidi (Jeff) Bahler of Wolcott, IN and Holly (Duane) Meyer of Bern, three brothers-in-law, Steve (Lois) Hartter of Sabetha, Kansas, Lynn (Barb) Hartter of Topeka, Kansas, and Neil (Evelyn) Hartter of Bern, 19 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bern Apostolic Christian Church. A visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. The interment will be made in the Bern Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Apostolic Christian Home or the Bern Apostolic Christian Church, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia Street, Sabetha, KS 66534.