Richard “Dick” Baum

Richard “Dick” Baum, age 78, of LaGrange Park, formerly of Cary, IL. Beloved husband of Geraldine “Skip” Baum, nee Valek; loving father of Joseph (Lisa) Baum and Mary-Elizabeth (Douglas) Beavers; grandfather of Dr. Amanda (Dr. Thomas Wagner) Baum-Wagner; son of the late Edward and Ruth Baum; brother of the late Nancy Smith; fond uncle of Debbie (James) Alletto, Susan (Joseph) Funkey and Leigh (James) Knibbs and their children; cousin and friend to many. Dick was an optics engineer with Bell & Howell and Singer-Link (a flight simulation company) and a project manager with Northrup and Motorola. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the Associate Director before becoming the Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago Diaconate Formation Program. He ended his post-retirement career as a high school substitute teacher. His spare time interests included amateur radio, golf, cosmology (search for the Divine in the Universe), tracing family genealogy, flight simulation and model railroading. He enjoyed time with family organizing the annual Super Bowl betting pool, playing poker, fishing, camping, and RV-ing. Above all, he was an ardent Cubs fan. A Mass will be celebrated in his memory on February 3, 11:15 am, at St. John of the Cross, 5005 S. Wolf Rd., Western Springs. Interment Private. Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513. Information: 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. Valerie Karczynski ( Smith ) condolence:

    Sending prayers of love and healing to the Baum family.


  2. Richard Franks condolence:

    Dick was one of the nicest and ambitious people I have ever. I stayed over night in Schaumburg, Illinois with him and Skip. Then he made a point to take the time to take me on a tour of Bell and Howell engineering. Him and Skip had the nicest disposition that you could ever ask for. We’ve lost a very honorable man.


  3. Vlasta Minarich condolence:

    Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. I am so happy to have known Dick and to have enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. Hugs and love.


  4. Richard Franks condolence:

    Dick was one of the nicest and ambitious people I have ever. I stayed over night in Schaumburg, Illinois with him and Skip. Then he made a point to take the time to take me on a tour of Bell and Howell engineering. Him and Skip had the nicest disposition that you could ever ask for. We’ve lost a very honorable man.


  5. Bob Schwabik condolence:

    Am so sorry to read this and and send my best wishes to your family.


  6. Joanne Murphy condolence:

    So sorry to hear about Dick. He was a wonderful man.
    I will not be able to attend the memorial mass since I am out of town..
    My condolences to your family


  7. Lynn Mcclenon (Trudeaux) condolence:

    Sending Prayers and condolences to the Baum family.


  8. Barbara & Margi Sirovatka condolence:

    A most generous man…well done good and faithful servant! Our hearts are with Skippy and family. Much love


  9. Rudy and Becky Larson condolence:

    Feeling your pain my friends. Praying for the repose of Dad’s soul and comfort for your hearts.


  10. Pamela Heurich condolence:

    Prayers and condolences to the Baum family.


  11. Gayle Ciotti condolence:

    Skippy my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I’m so sad to hear the news. Dick was such a kind and genuine person and my very favorite Deacon. Sending you all lots of hugs.


  12. Janet Svatos condolence:

    Gerri,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. You and Dick were so very fortunate to share each other’s lives. God bless his memory and care for you. Love you, Janet


  13. Bonnie Baier condolence:

    When this time comes offering condolences is hard. May you have strength and support at this very hard time. My heart reaches out to you and your family. Bonnie Baier. I am in Florida. Lowell may not know the news yet


  14. Vince Patrizi condolence:

    Peace and Love to you and your Family Joe.


  15. Rosa G condolence:

    My sincere condolences to your family. May God comfort you at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4


  16. Bob and Susan Powers condolence:

    We are so sorry to hear about Dick.
    We are unable to come to the memorial
    Mass, because we are out-of-town.
    Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and your family.

    Bob and Susan Powers


  17. Anni’ Chocolatta’ Nuccio condolence:

    My dear,Sweet Skippy! I am sorry to hear of Dicks’ journey home to the Father. He devoted his life to our Triune God and touched so many lives as our Deacon and as our friend! You & Dick were the dynamic duo and I pray you do not lose your incredible Gift that breaks barriers and draws people into the world of knowing the tenets of our faith!
    I will be having eye surgery this Thursday. My
    Prayers for you & family for strength and courage!
    ❤️ God


  18. Anni Chocolatta condolence:

    Sorry, my sentence disappeared!

    ❤️ Are with you and familiar. Miss your face sweet lady. After my surgery….would love to re-connect! ❤️


  19. Lowell and Bonnie Baier condolence:

    Our sympathy’s to the Baum family on the passing of Dick Baum, my first cousin and life long friend. I shall remember our youth growing up together, and life long friendship as we both grew older. May Dick rest in the arms of our Lord to whom his life was quietly devoted. Amen and God speed Dick, you have been a good and faithful servant of our Lord.


  20. Pat and Kurt Unter condolence:

    Our sympathy to you,Skippy and your family. We are very sorry for your loss.Dick was a good,kind,giving man.We are certain he is greatly rewarded now for his time on earth.


  21. Jean Doi condolence:

    I am so sorry not to be at the memorial to honor our long, dear, happy friendship, but Jon will be carrying my hug to you.


  22. Marietta Bratta-Garber condolence:

    Geri…I just learned of your Richard’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Reading the tributes to him I know what a special person he was. Treasure the memories you have of him and they will always comfort you.

    Marietta


  23. Lindy Monaghan condolence:

    Dear Skippy, I just talked to Aunt Elaine and found out about Dick. I am so sorry to hear about this. I will never forget how wonderful he was to us at mom’s (Cousin Jackie’s) passing in 2011. And his encouraging words at the memorial service. The cousins really connected growing up . Dick was a super guy. You both were always so loving and inspiring . My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Much love Lindy


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