Norman Chris Baum was born on the family farm near the Maple Grove Church south of Tecumseh, Nebraska on March 12, 1936 to Fred W. and Mary E. (Leuenberger) Baum.  He grew up like many kids of his generation, living through the dust bowl, the Great Depression and WWII.  Norm graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1953.  He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelors Degree in  Agriculture.

Norm enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country from 1958-1960. He spent one year in Korea.  He then taught at Campbell High School before leaving the teaching profession to pursue other business opportunities.  Norman worked as an ag appraiser in Oakland, Nebraska and moved to Grand Island and was involved with real estate before starting his own painting business.  He painted for 27 years until his retirement.  After retiring, Norm returned to his home town of Tecumseh. 

Norm married Loreta Poviliatis in 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska.  To this union three sons were born, Chris, David and Andrew.  He later married Connie Kay Pieper in Grand Island, Nebraska on May 8, 1995.  Norm’s family grew to include his step-children, Angela, Amy, Jay and Michael. 

Norm was involved in many different organizations over the years.   He was very active in the ARC in the early days of Special Education, Toastmasters, many church groups and the Gideons.  Norm was a big supporter of Camp Kaleo in Burwell for many years.  He enjoyed attending his own kids sporting events and those of his grandchildren whenever possible.  Norm was a huge Husker sports and Lincoln Salt Dogs fan, either in person or watching on tv.  He was also an avid fan of the Nebraska Wesleyan Track Team.   Over the years, he was a member of the United Congregational Church in Grand Island and his home church, Maple Grove, rural Tecumseh. 

He passed away peacefully on Sept 2, 2022 at the Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh, Nebraska at the age of 86 years. 

Those left to cherish his life are his wife Connie of Tecumseh, sons, Chris Baum and wife Steph of Lincoln and David and Andy Baum of Grand Island, step-children, Angela Sidlo of Oregon, Amy Schutte of Juniata, Jay Daniel Owens and Michael Birdsong, two grandchildren, Jacob and Avery Baum and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Norm was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Lester, Glen and Robert and sisters, Lorene Behrends and Luella Baum. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2022 at the St. Paul’s U.C.C. (Maple Grove), rural Tecumseh, Nebraska with Rev. Renae Koehler officiating. The service will also be livestreamed on the Wherry Mortuary/Wherry Monument Facebook page for those unable to attend. 

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.,  Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh, Nebraska.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may go to the family’s choice.

Inurnment will be in the St. Paul’s U.C.C. (Maple Grove) Cemetery, rural Tecumseh, with full military honors by the Army Funeral Honors Team and the Tecumseh VFW and American Legion. 

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