Vincent J. Baum
August 19, 1917 - December 17, 2013
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Sunday 12/22, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
St. Joseph Cemetery
Appleton, WI
Tuesday 12/17
St. Pius X Catholic Church
500 West Marquette Street
Monday 12/23, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Vincent J. Baum, decorated Air Force Veteran and former Grand Chute Fire Chief, died peacefully at his Appleton home, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 96. Vince was born in Grand Chute on August 19, 1917, son of the late John A. and Katherine (Gengler) Baum – the fourth of six children.…

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Brian Schommer left a message on December 23, 2013:

I have many fond, sometimes humorous memories, of "Chief Vince". I was unable to attend the firefighter's visitation today due to a family early Christmas gathering. I have known Vince since 1985, when I started with the Grand Chute Fire Department. My wife Dianne and I would like to express our condolences to the Baum family, especially John and Rodger, both former Grand Chute Firefighters. And also to Rosann, whom I had the pleasure of working with last year helping to plan the 75th Anniversary apparatus history poster for the Grand Chute Fire Department. RIP Vince, you were a class act, and a heck of nice guy. Thank you for your truly dedicated service to GCFD for so many years! I'm happy you were able to attend our 75th Anniversary festivities last year-I could tell by your laughter and smiles that you were enjoying every minute of it!!

Donna Jauquet left a message on December 22, 2013:

Due to the weather we have decided it would be too dangerous for my Mom and Aunt Delores to travel to the funeral. I am so sorry, we were hoping to express our sympathy in person.
Vince was a part of our lives for as long as I've been alive. He was always admired by everyone we knew. He lived an amazing life and touched so many people. He has left quite a legacy.
I hope the sadness will soon be replaced by all the good memories.
Peace and joy to your entire family this holiday season. We hope to see you soon.

Mark Jensen left a message on December 20, 2013:

So sorry to hear of your loss and we are very much appreciative of the service your father has provided to this country and the community. A roll model for many.

Marilyn Whiteside left a message on December 20, 2013:

We were blessed to have such a special uncle, he has been an inspirational example throughout his long life by his strong work ethic, his service to his country and community and his compassionate love for his family.

Barb Kirk left a message on December 20, 2013:

I have had the pleasure of knowing Vince for the last 10 years, during my employment at Baum Machine. He is truly and amazing man, and lived an extraordinary life. His loved ones have all been blessed to have him in your life, and what a life of 96 years it has been!! His family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all in your time of sorrow. Celebrate his life, and memories, and cherish them now more than ever.

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Darlene Lewis left a message on December 19, 2013:

I was so sad to hear that your Dad had passed but what
a great life he lived. I will always remember the celebration
for his 90th Birthday and the pride and love he showed for
his family. I know your happy memories will help you
through this difficult time.

Darlene Lewis ( William Gengler's daughter)

MaryKayBaum left a message on December 18, 2013:

The time of the afternoon visitation on Sunday has been changed to 1-4 PM

Marge Heinemann left a message on December 18, 2013:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. In the years that I knew Vince, I grew to like and respect him. He loved his family more than anything. He could tell a joke and a good story too. My sincere sympathy to all.

Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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