Bruce William Baugh, 72, Derby, was a wonderful Christian husband, father of three and grandfather of five, who passed away Thursday after a heroic fight with cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services for Bruce will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wichita. Burial will be at Hill Crest Cemetery, in Derby. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Family Mortuary in Derby, as well as one hour prior to services at Holy Cross.
Bruce was born in Vallejo, California, on Nov. 19, 1947, to Erma LaVerne Ehrsam and Robert Cunningham Baugh. Bruce spent his early childhood in Key West, Florida, when his father was stationed there as a submariner in the Navy.
Bruce was active in football, a competitive wrestler, and a great debater. He graduated from Manhattan High School, Manhattan, Kansas, in 1965 before joining the United States Navy Seabees, and then served as a Navy photographer for four years.
In 1966, Bruce met the love of his life, Jennifer Schultz. They were married on Jan. 25, 1969, in Newton. They were married for 51 wonderful years.
Bruce and Jennifer had three daughters, and they were Bruce’s pride and joy!
Bruce graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering focused in structural engineering.
Bruce spent his professional career designing structures, detailing rebar, managing facilities and projects for the local, state, and federal government. He retired in 2017 from the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.
Until about a month before his death, Bruce was actively involved in coordinating meetings of the “Kip Club” with friends from his college days.
Bruce was an avid coin collector and enjoyed teaching others about coins. Recently, Bruce donated a collection of coins to the Derby Historical Museum celebrating the founding of Derby.
He also enjoyed learning 3-D detailing. He was a friend to everyone.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Keith Ecklund.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer of Derby; daughters, Heather Jani of Derby, Hilary Ecklund of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Sydney Kaus of Andover; grandchildren Lauren Jani of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, Carly Ecklund, Gage, Reid, and Chase Kaus; two brothers, John and James; two nieces and one nephew; beloved yellow lab Sammy, and many other beloved friends and extended family.
Memorial contributions in honor of Bruce Baugh may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or to the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, 5500 E. Kellogg, Wichita, Kansas 67218.