Stephen Bauman, 77, a long- time resident of Strawn peacefully passed away at 6:42 am Thursday September 3, 2020 at Bromenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois. His graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday September 13, 2020 at the Strawn Cemetery in Strawn, Illinois with Pastor Jarrod Bartholomew officiating. Please wear your mask when you are unable to social distance. A time of fellowship and refreshments will take place at the Strawn Fire House following the graveside. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family to help fund playground equipment at the Strawn Park c/o PO Box 82, Strawn, Illinois 61775. Steve was very passionate about his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He spent a lot of time sitting on his front porch watching them play at the park. We know he will continue to enjoy watching them from heaven as well.
Steve was born February 18, 1943 in Franklin, Indiana. A son of Hershel and Sarah Stancomb Bauman. He married Norma May on February 3, 1964 in Watseka, Illinois. They have been married for fifty-six years. Norma survives in Strawn. Also surviving are his three daughters Judy Bauman, Tina (Jody) Tjarks and Mary (Steve) Niemann. Seven wonderful grandchildren Kris Suttles, Nick Bauman, Mitchell Bauman, Samantha Chapin, Brittiany (Isaac) Steidinger, Sierra (Logan) Overbey and Skyler Niemann and four beautiful great granddaughters Sophia, Elliana, Leigha and Scarlett and his sister Carolyn Steele. He was preceded in death by a son Stephen Bauman Jr., grandson Brandon Tjarks and six siblings.
Mr. Bauman was a semi-truck driver for fifty-three years until he retired in 2008. Steve knew the United States like the back of his hand and could tell you what mile markers have the best truck stops. His grandchildren entertained his Atlas teaching lessons, while using Google maps when he was not looking. In his free time, he enjoyed NASCAR, bluegrass music and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Steve was a friend to many, stranger to none, and one of the hardest working people you would ever meet.