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Marion F. Baumgardner

Marion F. Baumgardner, 94, of West Lafayette, passed away at 10:45 a.m., August 24, 2020 at University Place in West Lafayette, Ind.

Born in 1926 on a farm near Wellington, Texas, to the late Joseph and Eva Godfrey Baumgardner, Marion graduated from Wellington High School in 1946. He proudly followed the Baumgardner tradition and received his B.S. in agriculture from Texas Tech University in 1950.

After three years in India, he received his master’s degree in soil science from Purdue University in 1955. In 1956 he had a year of theology study at Yale University. He earned his Ph.D., also from Purdue University, in 1964 and remained on the faculty.

His marriage was to Maralee Speer on April 10, 1955 in Tipton, Ind.

Marion lived in Texas, India, New Jersey, Connecticut, Lafayette, Argentina and finally, West Lafayette since 1967. Marion served as an active member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church where he taught an adult bible study class for 30 years.

For the first eight years at University Place, Marion served as resident council president, shaping the directions and establishing the quality of life and sense of community enjoyed by the residents.

Marion enjoyed traveling, genealogy, organizing numerous family reunions in different parts of the U.S. and in Switzerland, reading and writing. Physical fitness was a joy and a priority as well. Most of all he enjoyed his friends and family.

Professionally, Marion was a dedicated teacher, trusted mentor and honored soil scientist focusing on research in international agriculture with the Laboratory for Applications for Remote Sensing (LARS).

Surviving are his wife Maralee Baumgardner; sister Barbara Gordon of Dallas; three children, Timothy Baumgardner, Jonathan Baumgardner and Mary Raub; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Marion is preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, John Henry, Forest, Haynes, Robert and David Baumgardner and Priscilla Jacobson.

No funeral service will be held at this time. When it is safe to travel and visit, a celebration of life will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in West Lafayette. Arrangements will be announced at the appropriate time.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marion’s name to the UPR Foundation at University Place and St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

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