John Malcolm Bauman, 78, died Friday, August 18, 2017, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He was the best of men.
John was born August 1, 1939, to Melvin and Miriam (Sally) Bauman in Webster, S.D. John grew up in Mitchell, S.D., where he attended grade school, high school, and college (Dakota Wesleyan University). He started his broadcasting career at KORN in Mitchell, S.D., and, in 1958, moved to Davenport, Iowa, to work at WOC Radio (1960). He was a broadcaster for Uncle Sam at AFKN (Armed Forces Korean Network) in Seoul, Korea (1964), and then returned to WOC to work in TV and Radio (KUUL & NewsTalk 14) from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. As the evening anchor, he was known as "The Voice of the Quad Cities" of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, Il.
John married Shirley Ann Mechtenberg on August 21, 1961, served in the Army from 1963 to 1965, and started a family in 1966. After 36 years in broadcasting, John and Shirley retired to Golf Lakes Estates in Bradenton, Fla., and enjoyed many years there.
John married Evelyn Sanger on August 2, 2011. John and Evelyn spent winters in Florida and summers at Evelyn's cottage in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on the bank of Lake Champlain. There they enjoyed kayaking, walking the scenic shoreline, playing cards, spending time with family, and John donated golf balls to the mythical Lake Champlain resident, Champ.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Miriam; and his first wife, Shirley.
John is survived by his wife, Evelyn Sanger, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; his brother, Robert Bauman and Bob's wife, Dianna of Bradenton, Fla.; his son, Scott Bauman and Scott's wife, Leta, of Moore, Ok.; his brother-in law, Gary Mechtenberg and Gary's wife, Jeannie of Burbank, S.D.; brother-in-law, Glen Mechtenberg and Glen's wife, Barb, of Yankton, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Kerry Sanger and Kerry's husband, Don Turner of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Davenport and granddaughter, Emily Davenport of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Dec. 12, 2017, at 1 pm at the Golf Lakes Estates Club House located at 5050 5th Street East in Bradenton.
The family asks that instead of sending flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity in John's name.
Published on November 14, 2017