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Tony Baumgartner

September 14, 1953 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Tony Baumgartner Obituary

Mr. Tony Baumgartner, age 70 of Fayette, passed away Monday, February 5, 2024.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11-A.M. from Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Fayette Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

William Anthony 'Tony' Baumgartner was born in Michigan on September,  14, 1953 to William Henry 'Bill' Baumgartner and Robbie Dean Anderson Baumgartner.
    He married his wife, Karen McGough Baumgartner on September 20, 2013, these were the happiest 10 years of his life! Together they have 1 daughter: Summer (Ronnie) Lawson, and 2 sons: Jason (Bethanie) McGough, and Damon (Laura) McGough,
11 grand-children: Zack (Kourtney) Wallace, Andrew (Alex) Baumgartner, Dalton Harbin, Conner Wallace, Tanner McGough, Calum McGough, Auden McGough, Mac McGough, Brenam McGough, Whitton McGough, and Merryn McGough, and 2 great-granddaughters: Rosie Baumgartner and Raelynn Wallace.
    Tony was the oldest of 6 chidren, and he is also survived by his siblings:  Joey Baumgartner, Michael (Mary)  Baumgartner, Chris Baumgartner, Candy (David) Box, Kim (Kevin) Alexander, a slew of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter:  Melody Baumgartner,  niece: Misty Johnson, and sister-in-law: Linda Baumgartner.
    Honorary pallbearers will be: Jeff Hollingsworth, Terry Stripling, Jimmy Little, Jack Jacobs, and Sheldon Black.
    Active pallbearers will be: Lawrence Mill Volunteer Fire Department.

Son, brother, classmate, friend, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, provider, husband, volunteer, protector, leader, good Samaritan, co-worker, football and baseball fan, neighbor, soldier, and fire fighter. These are just a few of the titles my dad held, but for me and those closest to him, he was simply 'hero'. He loved with his whole heart, first to lend a hand out, even if he didn't agree with you, he loved you and would give his last dime to make sure others had whatever was needed. But dad wanted  more for you, he wanted you to thrive long after he was gone...So he did has Jesus told us, and instead of giving you a meal, he taught you to fish.
Tony started working for Arvin Industries back 1973, and learned skills in maintenance that he carried and used throughout his life. He made many friends during his 29 years of Arvin, helped to build up the credit union there for the employees, and help set it up as independent once Arvin closed. Dad started his 20 year career in Alabama National Guard around the same time, 1972 and found a love of driving heavy equipment, and how to fix them (haha). The late 70's, dad developed a passion for the safety of his community and became involved in the Volunteer Fire Stations around him. He started traveling to estate sales, thrift stores, and going out of business sales to find walkie-talkies, fire suits, hoses. and various equipment, that he would take home, tinker with, get working and take them to the Lawrence Mill Community Center. He learned to apply for grants for funds to help get whatever he couldn't afford or raise. Slowly he was able to buy a truck and fix it up, and he wrangled guys to join the team little by little, and eventually, dedicated men and women built it to what it is now, Lawrence Mill Volunteer Fire Department.  
The passion he had for the fire department, was the same he had for his entire family-he was a son, big brother, dad and pawpaw, and he gave a 110% to all of us and his community every day. He married young, had 2 daughters, help raise grands all while he remained developed to the fire station, his job, his parents and siblings. In 2013, he married the love of his life, Karen, and blended our lives forever. For the last 10 years, they have been side-by-side, and it's been the happiest I've ever seen him.  I am so proud to call him 'dad', I not sure he ever really knew how much he meant to so many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lawrence Mill Fire Departmernt, 220 El Bethel Rd, Fayette, AL  35555.

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February 8, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nelson Funeral Home
3659 Hwy 171 North
Fayette, AL 35555

Funeral Service
February 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Nelson Funeral Home
3659 Hwy 171 North
Fayette, AL 35555


Fayette Memorial Gardens


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