Steve R. Baumgardner, 70, passed away May 10, 2017, peacefully surrounded by his family in his home.
Steve was born in Renton, Washington, in 1946. He was the youngest of four, having two sisters and one brother. Steve grew up riding horses, making trails through the forest, building forts and go-carts, and restoring old cars. He loved nature and hands-on activities.
Steve graduated in 1965 from Renton High School and attended the University of Washington. He graduated from Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then attained a Master’s degree from Western Washington State University. He also attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, to earn his Ph.D. Steve wrote and co-wrote numerous books and articles pertaining to Psychology, college, and jobs. After moving to Eau Claire in 1973, Steve worked as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for over 30 years.
Steve married Peg in 1968, and together they raised their son and their daughter. They were married for 49 years. Steve loved spending time Up North at their cabin that he built, where he was passionate about fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, and camping. Steve was also dedicated to environmental work on the White River in Wisconsin.
He loved to travel with his wife in their motor home, especially in the winter. Hobbies of Steve’s included curling — which he was involved with for over 20 years — and golfing with his friends. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. Steve was extremely proud of his four beautiful granddaughters. His passion for teaching, psychology, and his family shined through as he made games and puzzles for them to enjoy. His granddaughters and family members cherish his unique gift of $2 bills, which he gave them on many occasions.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Peg, son, Garrett (Chrissy), daughter, Jenny (Dan), granddaughters, Grace, Paige, Maya, and Elise, sister, Joanne, and many close friends.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be hosted by his family on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Wild Ridge Golf Course, 3905 Kane Rd, Eau Claire, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials sent in honor of Steve to the ALS Support Group of NW WI or Friends of the White River.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at http://www.cremationsociety-wi.com.