Michael Baumgartner

Obituary of Michael Baumgartner

Baumgartner, Michael Paul (“Fang”) age 74, died on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  He was the loving husband of Kaaren Schumacher Baumgartner; devoted father of Liisi Van Beynen (John) of Carmel, Maggie Peters (Matt) of St. Louis, and Alex Michael Baumgartner of Hawaii; son of the late Phyllis Buskirk, the late Paul J Baumgartner (died in World War II), and the late Gerald Buskirk; brother of the late Jane Buskirk, William Buskirk, and Linda (David) Klinck; grandpa to Sally and Thomas Michael Peters; and new grandpa to Haakon, Anja, and Berit Van Beynen. 

Michael graduated salutatorian from Logansport High School in 1961, studied at Wabash College where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, graduated from Indiana University with a zoology degree, and later graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned a postgraduate speciality in pediatrics.  He remained an instructor at the IU Dental School while also maintaining a private pediatric dental practice for thirty years.  He then managed the Pediatric Clinic at IU’s Dental School until his retirement in 2014.

Michael spent his spare time following Cubs baseball, collecting and re-selling poorly hit golf balls, mowing his lawn, and wiping down tables for free at Roscoe’s Tacos in Greenwood (eventually he was promoted to Honorary Dining Room Manager and was Roscoe’s longest-term, faithful, volunteer employee).  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He enjoyed the company of others, and always had a joke to tell.  He started many sentences with, “That reminds me . . .” and segued into a joke.

Michael will be remembered by dental students as the professor you could go to with anything.  He would fight for your cause and cheer you up.  He always had a smile on his face and could make any child patient have a good day, whether by telling a joke or juggling.  He touched many lives at the dental school and hooded countless graduates.

Michael asked that his family spread his ashes in a private ceremony in the first field he plowed, by himself, on his uncle’s farm, in Kewanna, Indiana, as a boy of thirteen.

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