We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home
Lester Bauman of Stirling, Alberta went to be with his Lord while surrounded by his family on June 5, 2021, after a short journey with cancer.
He was predeceased by his parents Titus and Salome (Martin) and sisters Ada Bauman and Betty (Bauman) Myer. He is loved and missed by his wife Marlene; and children Rick (Martha) of Castlegar, BC; Kris (Nathan)Maldaner of Raymond, AB; Melissa (Dale) Martin of Creston, BC; Rosy of Stirling, AB; Suanne of Stirling, AB; and Bonita of Creston, BC. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren- Shelby, Ryan, Ralayna, JoLane, Clark, and Kent Bauman; Brooke, Sierra, and Rylee Maldaner; and Desiree and Liam Martin. He is survived by one sister, Anna (Dean) Martin of Wallenstein, ON; and brother-in-law Glen Myer of Harriston, ON.
Dad was born in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario on November 29, 1954. He grew up in the little town of Conestoga with his parents and two sisters. As a youth he made the decision to follow Jesus, and so began the journey that lasted his entire life.
At the age of 23 he married Marlene Martin. They were blessed with a family of six- 1 son and 5 daughters. He never complained about having so many daughters, but rather made each one feel like a special gift to his life. They lived the first 21 of their 42 years together in Ontario, before being called to move west to Alberta.
Dad had numerous passions in life. A big passion of his was people. He had a “heart for the underdog.” He was never one to push himself on people, but he would be the quiet one who stayed next to a hurting soul.
He also loved good singing and passed the love on to his family. It was a normal Saturday evening for him to gather the family around and spend some time just singing.
As a young married man, he was called to the classroom. He always felt like God deliberately steered him into that, as it was not a dream of his. He ended up spending several years in that career, and the school remained in his heart. He was a handy source of wisdom for his schoolteacher children.
For approximately 10 years he worked for Dynagra/CHS. He enjoyed getting to know the Rolling Hills community better during this time.
Most of the rest of his life found him in his office writing books. To quote him: “Good books are faithful companions!”
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the love, support, and prayers they have felt during this time. Also, a special thanks to all the faithful homecare workers (especially Jackie) and Doctor Baker, who would do voluntary house calls.
Public Viewing will be held at Salmon and Sons Funeral Home in Lethbridge on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 5:00- 8:00pm. Due to Covid Restrictions, attendance will be limited to 20 guests at a time. Please register by calling Salmon and Sons Funeral Home or RSVP from the bottom of this obituary.
A Private family Funeral will be Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11:00am.
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
1 Corinthians 15:54,55.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 20 people, spread over 15 min intervals. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their time slot