Mr. Baum was an assistant vice-president at Belleville National Savings Bank for more than 13 years and served as Belleville City Clerk for 10 years. He later worked at Hepp Printing Company in Belleville and was an executive vice-president at BARCOM.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert E. and Muriel, nee Drovetta, Baum; and a sister, Janet S. Baum.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Mary, nee Diekemper, Baum, who he married on September 9, 1967;
two daughters, Susan E. (Dewey) Barsaloux of Freeburg, IL,
and Sarah A. (Brian) Snow of Columbia, IL;
four grandchildren, Hunter and Hailey Ivy,
and Mallory and Samantha Snow;
two sisters, Mary (David) Schmidt of Smithton, IL,
and Sharon Abbott of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.
The Baum family would like to thank the staffs at both Freeburg Care Center and Integrity Healthcare for their kindness and consideration.
Memorials may be made to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry, 1218 West Main St., Belleville, IL 62220, or to the food pantry of your choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 29, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. According to Art’s wishes, cremation will follow the visitation.
Growing up next door, I recall Art sitting in his lawn chair, greeting everyone that passed and listening to the ballgame. Art’s presence as the “neighborhood ambassador” provided the safety for endless summer nights. I am grateful the entire Baum family was a part of wonderful daily childhood memories.
Mary, Susan, and Sarah…thinking of you and your families. May great memories help comfort you.
Missy “Buckethead” Theis
Melissa Theis, Jefferson City, MO, 65101
You were like a grandfather to me. Every time we saw each other you would say “Go home Vina” or “Why did you bring her here?” And I loved it. For the short time that I knew you, I cherished every second of it.
Vina Luddeke, Freeburg , IL, 62243
Thank you for not only being my grandfather, but my best friend… I have so many memories to look back at, and all the things we did together I will never forget. It breaks my heart to see you go. But I know you are better…I miss and love you so much.
Hailey(Porkchop-Porksteak), Freeburg, IL, 62243
Mary and family, so sorry to hear of your loss, know that he is in a better place, I’m sure sitting in his chair and waving to all that pass.
Mary Drummond, Albers, Illinois, 62215