Archie Warren Baumann, 94, of Janesville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Janesville Nursing Home.
A celebration of Archie’s Life will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Medo Lutheran Church of Mapleton; visitation will be one hour prior.  Interment will be in the Bagley City Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Starkson & Steffel Funeral and Cremation Services - Arnoldt Chapel of Janesville. www.janesvillefuneral.com.
Archie was born October 24, 1922 to Ed and Velma (Bryson) Baumann on the family farm in Bagley. He attended school in Ruffy Brook and Bagley.
Archie joined the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1942-45.
On July 1, 1942 Archie married Violet Anderson in Cumberland, Md., and together they raised their five children.
Archie’s career throughout his lifetime included the Navy, Co-op store in Weme, Minn., Minnesota Farmers Union, running for the Sixth District Congress, Green Thumb and many more.
He was a member at Medo Lutheran Church and an active volunteer for the senior citizens and the local food shelf with Violet.
Archie was a life-long cartoonist for many papers, the Senior Spotlight Magazine, Minnesota Senior News and his book, “The Generation Gap.” He was a talented wood worker, and he even built a lake home in the 1970s and a tree house on Bass Lake. Some of the fondest memories shared by family and friends are pontoon rides, family reunions, cartoons on paper plates, Draper Tower, sledding down the hill and snowmobiling during the winter months, playing “I see a bear,” and even going to the dump to watch for the bears.
He will be remembered for his Ole & Lena jokes, singing the “Tennessee Bird Walk,” telling everyone to keep smiling and always holding Vi’s hand.
Archie and Vi resided at the Janesville Nursing Home, lived in the same room and still held hands just like they were newlyweds. They showed us all their true testament of love for each other.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Violet; children; Kay (Bud) Cochran, Dennis (Diane) Baumann, Debra (Charles) Amunrud, Connie (Lonny) Piche; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Peterson; son-in-law, Lonnie Buschow; with many dear friends and family.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karen Marie Sanderson Buschow; grandchild, Lesia Cochran (Van Meveren); siblings, Gene Baumann and Basil Baumann.
Donations are preferred to the Minnesota Parkinson’s Foundation, Cancer research or MS society.