Baum, Dale Edward Retired Aurora Assistant Fire Chief passed away peacefully to his Lord in Heaven on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in his 80th year. He was the loving husband of Charlene Anne (Peck) Baum for 59 years. He was the beloved father of Mike (Janice) Baum, Mark (Diane) Baum, Michele (David) Popdan and Matt Baum. He was the proud grandfather of Jennifer (Brad) Lake, Lindsey (Aaron) Lewis, Katherine (Chris) Sauerwein and Luke Baum. Great-grandchildren are Kaitlyn and Marissa Lake and Tahlia Lewis. Dale is survived by his sisters Lois Caruana of Colorado Springs and Carol Waltrip of Aurora. Dale was born March 17, 1933 in Aurora, IL the son of the late Edward and Alma (Mantzke) Baum. After graduating from East Aurora High School in 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Antietam's Basketball Team. After his service, he returned to Aurora to raise his family and work for Austin Western as an electrician. In 1956 he followed his Father's footsteps and joined the Aurora Fire Department as a Firefighter. Throughout his career he climbed the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Chief serving until his retirement in 1983. He was a Co-Founder of the Kane County Fire Chief Association and was the founding father of the A.F.D Honor Guard. He was extremely proud to represent A.F.D. installing Aurora's 911 System. Dale was past president of the K.C. F. C. A. and member of the International Illinois Association of Retired Firefighters, Illinois Association of retired Firefighters and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Dale was a member of St. Paul Lutheran and Christ the King in Largo, FL. He served on various boards and committees for both ministries. He also was a member of the 3rd Ward Club, Tiger Club and American Legion. Dale and Char retired to Largo Florida, spending 30 years in the Sunshine State. They enjoyed traveling around the country many times in their motor home. A lifelong Chicago sports fan, he never missed a chance to watch the Bears, Bulls and White Sox. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer. He was a skilled tradesman and helped all his children with remodeling projects, all of which still reflect his craftsmanship and love. Our family would like to thank the many kind and compassionate Caregivers, Doctors and Nurses that helped Dale through his final months. Special Thanks must go out to Dr. Steslow, Dr. Meschi, Terry Trumper and the Tillers Nursing Home Staff. Family will be receiving guests on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 2 pm 7 pm at Dieterle Memorial Home 1120 S. Broadway Ave. Montgomery, IL 60538. He will lie in state from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 10:00 AM at on Monday, August 12, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church 85 S. Constitution, Aurora, IL followed by interment at St. Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale's Memory will be accepted by St. Paul Lutheran Church building funds or school. Also, please lift a silent prayer when a fire truck goes by. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196 www.dieterlememorialhome.com
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Dieterle Memorial Home
1120 South Broadway Road Montgomery, IL 60538
Published in Beacon News on Aug. 9, 2013