Baumgartner, Kent Eugene – 1975

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GRAPEVINE, TX: Kent Eugene Baumgartner passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Grapevine, Texas. He was born on May 7, 1957 to Jon and Joyce Baumgartner.

He attended Pleasant Schools, graduating with the class of 1975.

Surviving is a sister, Kara Ross, Findlay, Ohio, two brothers, Keith (Jen) Baumgartner, Bluffton, Ohio, Kurt (Heather), Marion, Ohio, three nephews, Zane Ross, Colton Ross, Caleb Baumgartner, three nieces, Cora, Whitley and Lydia Baumgartner.

A private Funeral Service was held at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Tuesday, June 7 with Kevin Kehn officiating.


I researched this and it MIGHT apply to Kent, based on location of death, etc. but it is (at this time) undocumented.

  • Kent might have been employed by the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons as a locksmith, where he worked for 31 years.  He retired in 2013.  His last position was in Terre Haute FCC.
  • Kent Baumgartner was possibly named EMT of the Year; also in Terre Haute.
  • Here is a link.  If anyone has a membership to RADARIS, please send me the information about Kent.
  • Here is an article that I THINK is about the Fire Department at which Kent worked or volunteered:
Kent (right) helped organize pink bags at the Terre Haute Community Center.

Kent Baumgartner (right) helped organize pink bags at the Terre Haute Community Center.

Firefighters play Santa at 14th and Chestnut

Big pink bags of gift-wrapped presents filled a room at the 14th and Chestnut Community Center on Tuesday, destined to be delivered to families today.

The Santas delivering the gifts were not dressed in jolly red suits that covered their jelly-bellies, however. They were firefighters representing Terre Haute Fire Department Local 758, and they have made Christmas happier for 232 children this year.

“We just enjoy doing this. We started at 66 about five years ago, and we’re at 232 this year,” said firefighter Charlie Karr.

Actually, 10 years ago the firefighters started helping out by providing gifts, but then about five years ago they began to host a chili cook-off to raise funds. They also collected money and presents at a retirement dinner. And new efforts such as the penny drive at Woodrow Wilson Middle School added another $740 toward the gifts.

Shopping for the gifts is a family affair for the firefighters, and their children particularly enjoy the wrapping party at the Zorah Shrine Temple that prepares the gifts for the youngsters.

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“It’s a great enjoymentto us that we can help out people in their time ofneed,” added firefighter DonSeprodi.

For the staff at 14th and Chestnut, the donations mean that many of the children will have some presents to open for the holiday.

“Many families just struggle to put food on the table, so those kids wouldn’t have presents without this,” said program coordinator Heather Slee.

The Rev. Bill Felts, the center’s director, agreed.

“It takes a load off the parents,” he said. “Many are single parents. It’s a lot that we, here, couldn’t do without the assistance of our fire department.”

Felts said that for many adults, memories of Christmas are one of the good things in life. These children in need will also have those same memories thanks to the generosity of the fire department.

“We’re so grateful today for the Terre Haute Fire Department. So often we have numbers that almost overwhelm us in years past,” Felts said.

Another contribution that will help the children is a donation from Books-A-Million, which sent 23 cartons of books and educational games that will also be distributed to families this year.

The firefighters also made a delivery of toys to the St. Ann’s Clinic last week.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or at Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.

Terre Haute City Fire Dept swears in 12

August 31, 2007

A lengthy and sometimes intense hiring process came to an end Friday morning for 12 newly-named members of the Terre Haute City Fire Department.

Mayor Kevin Burke swore in the new firefighters in a ceremony in front of City Hall under a blue sky and in front of dozens of friends, family and fellow firefighters.

“We’ve waited a long time for this day to come,” Burke told those gathered to watch the swearing-in ceremony. “I look forward to the impact this group of men will have,” he said.

The 12 new firefighters were selected for their jobs by Terre Haute’s Fire Department Merit Board, which was established in 2002 in an effort to take politics out of hiring, firing and promoting people in the department.

The newly-sworn-in firefighters were not hired because of who they know, Burke said. “These men are here because of who they are,” he said.

Burke swore in each firefighter one at a time while friends and family members snapped pictures.

“It’s a big day,” said Sam Johnson, 30, who was sworn in with the other new members. Getting to this point took a lot of time and effort, he said.

After swearing to uphold the constitutions of Indiana and the United States and to do their duty impartially, each new firefighter was given a chance to thank friends, family and other loved ones who have supported them along the way to becoming a city firefighter.

“I’ve been trying to do this since I took a first ride on a fire truck” seven years ago, said Robert Eberhardt after the ceremony. Eberhardt, 27, was a volunteer firefighter in St. Joseph, Mich., before recently moving to Terre Haute, he said.

“I’m glad to be welcomed to the city like this,” he added.

On Tuesday the new firefighters will begin a “very intensive and extensive” training program, Burke said.

Becoming selected to serve on the city’s fire department took about a year, said newly-sworn-in firefighter Kent Baumgartner, who was the first to take the oath Friday. “It was a long process getting here,” he said.

Prior to creation of the Fire Department Merit Board in 2002 under former Mayor Judy Anderson, hiring firefighters was done in a political environment in which the mayor had the authority to name firefighters to the department, Burke said. While that system resulted in very good firefighters, the new hiring process is a “much longer and significant process,” he said.

“I haven’t met any of [the new firefighters] prior to swearing them in,” Burke said.

The Merit Board is made up of five members; two are named by the mayor, two by the fire department and one is named by the Terre Haute

City Council.

“I’m excited to start a new career,” said Jeremey Jones, 30, another new member of the fire department sworn in Friday morning. Getting to this day was a fairly long process, he said. “But it is definitely going to be worth it.”

Arthur Foulkes can be reached at (812) 231-4232 or

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