William F. Baumann

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William F.

William F. Baumann

Born into Eternal Life on Friday, April 15, 2022, age 56 years.  Preceded in death by his loving parents, Frederick and Linda Baumann.  Beloved brother of Kathy (Tim) Smith and Dan (Lori) Baumann.  Cherished uncle of Dallas and Hunter Smith and Amanda Baumann.  Further survived by many other relatives, good friends and co-workers.

Bill was a chef for over 35 years, working at many restaurants in the Milwaukee area – spending his last 13 years at Ward’s House of Prime.

Bill was known for his generous nature in life – in death he continued his generosity by donating his kidneys to two individuals who shared his rare blood type.

Family and friends will gather at Heritage Funeral Home, 9200 S. 27th St. in Oak Creek on Mon., April 25, 2022 from 4:00 PM until the time of the Memorial Service at 7:00 PM.


  1. Jon and Judy Kruger April 19, 2022 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Bill was a good friend. We are very sorry to hear of his passing. We will miss the omelets and the Cornish hens. He will be remembered for “The Baumann” (that delicious twice baked potato) by all those who eat at Mo’s, A Place for Steaks. His chocolate cake is legend at Ward’s House of Prime. He will be missed.

  2. Patrick and Kim Schultz April 19, 2022 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Bill was a high school classmate and friend of mine. I remember him as always the sweetest guy! Many parties, many hilarious stories,
    My husband knew him as a fellow chef, He did an amazing job at Ward’s. He had a great laugh, more like a giggle really. He’s with Jesus laughing and in complete joy now. Miss you sweet Bill,
    (Say hi to John for me)

  3. Gary Schlapinski April 20, 2022 at 6:39 am - Reply

    My relationship with Billy was through business. I will always remember that infectious laugh and warm greeting I received upon seeing him. Always I kind word and a story or two to share with you. My pleasure to have known him through his time at MO’s and Ward’s. Rest In Peace my friend. .

  4. Chris Rehak April 20, 2022 at 7:32 am - Reply

    To me, Bill was one of the worlds best examples of how to treat others.
    Being the older brother of my grade school and high school friend and classmate Dan, his younger brother, Bill always played the role of a very cool older brother.. Verbally engaging with us for no other reason but to be cool. Along with giving us access to his record collection and or playing goalie for our street hockey sessions.
    In high school, Bill was part of a large group of friends, that engaged socially many many times, and at each and everyone of those events, once again, Bill exemplified what it meant to be a good friend. Having truly personal, meaningful conversations every time you spoke with him, as opposed to any amount of small talk or meaningless banter.
    Same goes for every chance meeting that somehow seemed to happen at least every few years after school.

    Open arms, friendly smile, loving heart.
    No wonder why he was a successful chef/entrepreneur.
    The world lost a good one.

    Until we meet again my friend.

  5. Patti Breitigam-Wenzel April 20, 2022 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Bill was a close friend, Brewer bleacher bum and confidant throughout high school. Loved my Bill a lot. And will miss him always. RIP in that great kitchen in the sky.

  6. Jerome Williams April 24, 2022 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I have known Billy for 7 yrs I first met him when I was called for an interview at Wards House of Prime. When Billy interview me he laughed and said I told them that I hope it’s not another young person. But when he saw me he was happy. Whenever Billy calls me to come to work I am right there. But I am going to miss u billy.

  7. Susan Hoffmann August 14, 2022 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Having just learned of Bills passing today our family is heartbroke. We’d Cale’s and left messages and noted
    Had t seen him walking by . He was the greatest of friends to my late husband Tim, my kids considered him Uncle Bill. For awhile I’d not seen Bill and yet noticed movement at his house so I figured he was busy . My heart aches learning of his passing west been neighbors and friends for obliterated 28 years. How sad no one notified us of his passing. Ypur with Tim now
    My dear. Toss one back have some sweet corn Ms know we
    Miss you both

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