Joseph “Joe” Bauman

Joseph Bauman, age 75, died at home on October 12, 2015. The funeral and visitation will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Drive, Lawrence, KS on Friday, October 16th. The visitation begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will be served after the Mass. Inurnment will be held for the family at a later date.

Joe Bauman was born December 9th, 1939, the son of John and Theresa (Wauchek) Bauman in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

He is a 1957 graduate from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO and a 1961 Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Kansas.

In 1963, he married Joanie Cusack of Kansas City who survives. They have 5 children, Mark (Co) Bauman of Kansas City, MO, Marsha (Jim) Britt of Neenah, WI, Mary (Tom) Foster of Middleton, WI, Molly (Don) Ward of Gladstone, MO and Meg (Mike) Roggero of Lawrence, KS. In addition he leaves 12 grandchildren Anna, Patrick, and Daniel Bauman, Anne, Molly, and Kate Britt, Adam, Joe, and Ben Foster, John Patrick Ward, and Marissa and Miles Roggero. He is survived by two sisters, Mary (Don) Yeats of Perth, Australia and Linda (John) Shumway of Camdenton, MO. Also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Rev. William A. Bauman and John Bauman.

Joe first worked at Bendix Corp. in KC, MO. He was then employed by IBM for 25 years where he held various engineering and management positions. He continued as an executive as Plant Manager for the IBM Rochester facility, the IBM Director of Materials, and the IBM Director of Quality. A highlight of his career was participating in the task force that started the IBM Personal Computer and then becoming the Division Vice – President who led the manufacturing operation of the Personal Computer to become a multi- billion dollar business.

In 1990 Joe became dean of the University of Kansas School of Business and professor of Business. In 1998 he became CEO of Adams Business Forms and, after a merger, CEO of Cardinal Brands, Inc. Cardinal Brands was sold to RR Donnelly in 2007.

After retirement, Joe learned to play the piano and continued his lifelong love of playing tennis. He served on advisory boards in support of KU School of Engineering and the KU School of Business. He was recognized by the KU Mechanical Engineering Department as a Distinguished Alumnus and the School of Engineering with the Distinguished Engineering Service Award. He also served on boards in support of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and school in Lawrence. He was on the Finance Council of the Catholic Arch-Diocese of N.E. Kansas.

He was a wonderful husband to Joanie; they loved the adventure of moving, seeing new places, and raising a big family. His skills as a father to the 5 M’s were unmatched. The adventures started at Oxbow Park in Minnesota and were followed with mountain trips, (Colorado) beach trips (Florida) and lake trips (Minnesota). His grandchildren meant the world to him— he loved sharing wisdom with them about life, business, and his faith.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Carcinoid Cancer research at Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street S. W. Rochester, Minnesota, 55905, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Pkwy., Lawrence, KS 66049, KU School of Engineering or KU School of Business or may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

We also thank the Douglas County VNA/ Hospice team for wonderful care.

23 Condolences

  1. Karen Lyerla on October 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Blessings to the Bauman family. I was truly fortunate to know Joe. What a wonderful man and a true gentleman. I so enjoyed playing tennis with him and thought so highly of his caring nature and the myriad kindnesses he shared with so many. He was greatly loved, and it was a privilege, a honor and a pleasure to know such a dedicated and respected member of our community. May the strength and love of your family continue to nurture the memories of such an exceptional man.

    With Deep Fondness and Affection,
    Karen Lyerla

  2. Wendy and Steve Northup on October 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    We are so sad about Joe’s death but so grateful to have known and loved him. We will miss him and his energy and wisdom and are grateful for the times we had with him.

  3. Keith Vanden Avond on October 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    To the family of Joe Bauman:

    Please accept my deepest condolences at the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. What an accomplished man! You must all be very proud of him! For the past two years I have had the pleasure of working with Marsha at Willems Marketing & Events in Appleton WI. It is easy for me to see where Marsh gets all of business skills and personality. We love working with her! Joe will be in my prayers.

  4. Doug Houston on October 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I am sadden by Joe’s passing and offer my condolences to the family. Joe was truly a remarkable man, successful in business and in academia as Dean of KU’s business school for several years. More importantly, he was a caring virtuous man. As a member in the School of Business, I fondly remember his positive and caring attitude toward all. He will be missed.

  5. Rev. Patrick Rush on October 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Dear Joanie & Family,

    You have my prayers and sympathy at the death of Joe. He was such a kind and gracious man. He was loved and will be missed by many.

    Pat Rush

  6. Pat Harriman on October 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Joanie and family, please accept my condolences, Joe was the very best of friends and one that that will not easily be forgotten. You all are in our prayers.


  7. john ryan on October 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Sad to lose a good one like Joe.

  8. Dan Fisher on October 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family upon the loss of Joe. He was a truly great man that was beloved by all that knew him. His loss will be felt throughout a broad range of people lucky enough to have been able to call Joe a friend.


  9. Susan Matney on October 14, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    What a huge loss for Joanie, the 5 M’s, grandchildren and all Joe’s family. It has been wonderful to know this man since he was a cute young teenager. He has been a great teacher for me from those early days when he corrected my grammar as well as his thoughts on faith and love as a mature and compassionate man. It’s a great privilege to have known Joe all these years.

  10. Pam & Ed Eglinski on October 14, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Joanie, I was so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a dear, kindhearted, and giving person. He was blessed with a wonderful wife, and a large and very loving family. I will miss his shining face and happy smile. Please know that I’m available to help you in any way I can. May Joe rest in peace — as I’m certain he will.

  11. Judy and Otis Wolkins on October 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    How sad we are for your family and the children especially who will miss their loving Grandpa Joe so much. We feel so blessed to have counted this wonderful man as friend for all these 26 years. Joe was one of the rarest kind of people on the planet. Such a wonderful Christian man. Teacher, husband, father and Grandfather, loving son and brother. Our love to the family as you carry on his tradition. Judy and Otis

  12. Mike and Deanna Sheehan on October 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Joanie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Joe’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Deanna and Mike Sheehan

  13. Don Orlowski on October 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    My sincere condolence to Joanie and family. I was privileged to know Joe the last 15 years through our tennis connections. I will miss his dry wit and humor that frequently surfaced at our post tennis coffee sessions. My last conversation with Joe two weeks ago was about him being at peace and ready to go. He remembered to ask about my wife who is also battling cancer, that was Joe, always thinking of helping someone else in need. I will miss HIM.

  14. Leo&Carol Haubenschild on October 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    To the Bauman Family-We are sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.You have our deepest symathy-we are thinking of you.
    Your neighbors from Elton Hills-Leo & Carol Haubenschild

  15. Jo Hauser on October 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I will keep you in my prayers, from the lovely words of the obituary it is obvious that Joe was a special person.

  16. Bob and Joan Britt & Family on October 16, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bauman Family today and always. We love you all.

  17. Kea Wormsley on October 16, 2015 at 8:18 am

    It was an honor to be Joe’s nurse and a privilege to be with his family as they took care of him at home. What a warm and beautiful man and his family is a testament to his legacy. Peace and Blessings.

  18. Sina and Dave Beil on October 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Dear Joanie,
    Dave and I send our deepest sympathy to you and all your clan! I wish we could be at the Mass of Resurrection for Joe but cannot due to our own issues. Joe had a wonderful life with you as his wife. I still remember meeting you both at your sister Barb’s home right after you came home from a stint in Rome! Not a bad place to be banished to by a company! God bless you and yours!

    Sina & Dave

  19. Marilyn Taylor on October 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I served as Director of Graduate Studies during almost all of Joe’s deanship and thus worked fairly closely with Joe. I found him a man of humility who always had the best interests of the School at heart.

    Marilyn Taylor

  20. Virge & Jackie Trotter on October 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Joanie and Family,

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and your father. We are still living in your Fifth Ave. house. We know you had many happy memories from living here. We have had many happy times here also. You will be in our prayers.

    The Trotters

  21. Tom & Kathy Mulinazzi on October 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Joanie & family,

    We were deeply sadden to learn of Joe’s passing. He was such a remarkable leader, an yet remained a person with whom everyone could relate. He was always approachable, friendly and completely engaged with everyone. He certainly will be remembered fondly by anyone who knew him.

    Our thoughts and prays will remain with you and your family now and in the future.

    Tom & Kathy Mulinazzi

  22. Bob Moore on October 27, 2015 at 10:35 am


    I think of you and Joe every time I turn down Prestwick Court and see the 3 lovely oak trees that you planted. What a great couple you were! I love the way Joe was so understated, but able to deliver so much. Hang in there.


    Bob Moore

  23. Lisa Nickel on November 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Mary and family:

    What a joy to have known Mr. Bauman! I remember enjoying the company of the Bauman family when Mary invited us to Connecticut our freshman year at KU for a Spring Break trip. It was a pleasure to be with such warm and generous people.

    I’m sorry to learn of Mr. Bauman’s passing, but I’m grateful for an opportunity to connect with Mary again if only to say that I’m thinking about you.

    Lisa (Karr) Nickel

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