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Bruce Baugh

Bruce Baugh

Wednesday, November 19th, 1947 Thursday, August 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Bruce William Baugh

Derby - Bruce William Baugh, 72, a wonderful Christian husband, father of three and grandfather of five, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020, after a heroic fight with cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Bruce was born in Vallejo, California, on November 19, 1947, to Erma LaVerne Ehrsam and Robert Cunningham Baugh. Bruce spent his early childhood in Key West, Florida as his father was stationed there as a Submariner in the Navy. He was active in football, a competitive wrestler, and a great debater. He graduated from Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1965 before joining the United States Navy Seabees and then served as a Navy Photographer for 4 years. In 1966 Bruce met the love of his life, Jennifer Schultz. They were married on January 25, 1969, in Newton, Kansas. They were married for 51 wonderful years. Bruce and Jennifer had 3 daughters, and they were Bruce’s pride and joy! Bruce graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering focused in Structural Engineering. Bruce spent his professional career designing structures, detailing rebar, managing facilities and projects for the local, state, and federal government. He retired in 2017 from the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Until about a month before his death, Bruce was actively involved in coordinating meetings of the “Kip Club” with friends from his college days. Bruce was an avid coin collector and enjoyed teaching others about coins. Recently, Bruce donated a collection of coins to the Derby Historical Museum celebrating the founding of Derby. He also enjoyed learning 3D detailing. He was a friend to everyone. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Keith Ecklund. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer of Derby; daughters, Heather Jani of Derby, Hilary Ecklund of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Sydney Kaus of Andover; Grandchildren Lauren Jani of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, Carly Ecklund, Gage, Reid, and Chase Kaus; two brothers, John and James; two nieces, one nephew, beloved yellow lab Sammy and many other beloved friends and extended family. Funeral services for Bruce will be Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m., at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich, Wichita 67206. Burial will be at Hill Crest Cemetery, 10102 East 95th Street South, Derby 67037. Visitation will be Wednesday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Smith Family Mortuary, 1415 N. Rock Road, Derby 67037, as well as one hour prior to funeral services at Holy Cross. Memorial contributions in honor of Bruce Baugh may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or to the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, 5500 E. Kellogg, Wichita, Kansas 67218.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Holy Cross Lutheran Church
    600 N. Greenwich Road
    Wichita, Kansas
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    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
    10:00am
    Officiant
    Pastor Scott Snow
  • Interment

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 |
    Hillcrest Cemetery
    10102 E. 95th St. S.
    Derby, Kansas
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    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

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Roger Brannan

I am so sorry to read about Bruce's passing. He enjoyed MHS debate so much. Even after he graduated he returned to help by loyally judging at the MHS tournaments. Also, I was fortunate to teach at MJHS with his mother, Irma. My wife did her student teaching with Irma. Please accept our condolences.
Roger Brannan, former MHS debate coach
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Libby, Bob and Tom Woolard

We are so sorry to hear of Bruces passing and sincerely regret that circumstances do not allow to be with you this week but you are in our thoughts.
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Bryan & Rhonda Taylor

Although a limb has fallen from your family tree, we pray this memorial tree in honor of your father will grow to be big and strong. Prayers of peace
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Bryan & Rhonda Taylor planted a memorial tree for Bruce Baugh
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Roger Allerheiligen

We were sorry to read about Bruce in the Topeka Capital this morning. Roger enjoyed cutting his hair for many years and all of their great visits as well as his calm demeanor. He always kept Roger up to date on his family.❤️🙏Phyllis &Roger Allerheiligen
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My best to the family of Bruce Baugh. I consider Bruce a good friend and co-worker. In sincere sympathy and hope, Duane Jaeger
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