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George O. Baughman

Lewistown – George O. Baughman, 82 of Lewistown, passed away at 9:10 AM on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Graham Hospital. He was born on July 14, 1938 in Fulton County to Herbert and Neva (Smith) Baughman.

George was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.

Surviving is his cousin and caregiver, Kathryn (Dennis) Turner of Lewistown and several other cousins.

George earned a bachelor of science degree in 1960, and a master of science degree in 1967. He went on to teach business education and computer science at Lewistown High School for 33 years. George also taught accounting and computer science courses at Spoon River College in the evenings, and took additional coursework at Western and John Wood Community College. He also worked at an accounting firm and owns and formerly managed a farm.

Over the years, George has served on numerous local and state boards including the Lewistown Masonic Lodge #104 A.M. & F.M., Western Illinois Business Teachers Association, the Illinois Education Association, 40-year member of the Secretary of State’s Antique Auto Show judging team,member of the Mohammed Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S of Peoria, member of  Lewistown Historical Society, served as a deacon at the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, and later on in his life he attended Mt. Pleasant United Methodist church.

George also served on the alumni corporation board of Gamma Kappa Chapter where he was treasurer for three of his four undergraduate years. He was an avid supporter of WIU over the years, as well as his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. As an alumnus, he served as a member of the advisory board for the fraternity from 1960-66 and from 1997 until present time. George was named Greek Adviser of the Year in 2000. He was also a member of the WIU Alumni Council and Western’s Library Leadership Board, and won the 2015 WIU Alumni Achievement Award. George established the George Baughman Scholarship for the College of Business and Technology in 2008. He also supported the Malpass Library and Alumni Programs. George continued to support athletics, libraries, preforming arts society and scholarships annually.

George has not missed a WIU Homecoming except during WWII and enjoyed driving the Homecoming royalty in the annual parade in one of his antique cars and did so for 37 years of parades. He has attended over 100 alumni events and in 2018 he was the Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal.

George was a member of the Antique Auto Club of America and served as Master Judge and has won awards at both the state and national levels for best antique car. He had such a passion for antique cars and traveling and that lead him to travel throughout the United States participating in and judging antique car shows. George has traveled to 48 states and 19 countries.

Graveside services with Masonic rites will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, IL. Pastor Kathy Barrett will officiate. Memorials can be made to Donor’s Choice. Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL is in charge of arrangements. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Jesse Stufflebeam

    Reply January 21, 2021 4:47 pm

    Rest In Peace Mr. Baughman you were an inspiration to all my success. I could never thank you enough.

  • Lorenda Spilker

    Reply January 21, 2021 5:32 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to George’s family. He was an wonderful person and great friend. At L.C.H.S. everyone loved him. He was a great teacher and the class of 1966 enjoyed him when he attended our class reunions. Lorenda & Alvin Spilker.

  • John and Avis Lawson Janes

    Reply January 21, 2021 6:08 pm

    Condolences to George’s family and many friends. He was a great teacher and friend to LCHS students. He will be missed at the reunions for the Lewistown High School Class of 1966. Rest in Peace, Mr. Baughman.


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  • Randal and Brenda Rumler

    Reply January 22, 2021 12:28 pm

    My condolences to George’s family and all who knew him!!! He has always been a wonderful friend to Brenda and I. We will miss his wit and love and all of the fun times we shared. May God prepare you a special place in his eternal kingdom,
    my friend!!!

  • debra wade

    Reply January 22, 2021 1:47 pm

    Rest In eternal peace George Baughman. I know your mother was very proud of you and I know you are with her now.

  • Shelly (Welker ) Behrens

    Reply January 23, 2021 8:09 am

    GB as we all knew him was a kind and gentle soul a great teacher mentor and friend he will forever be missed by all of us in Lewistown who knew and loved him. GB taught us a lot about living and loving always wear that smile and pass GB’s love on !!

    Forever missed

  • Mike Elam

    Reply January 23, 2021 11:47 am

    Condolences to Kathryn,George’s entire family and all friends. Mr. Baughman was my teacher over 50 years ago. As a teacher he was determined to help prepare you for the world. He guided me and later transformed into a good friend I now call George. A special man.

  • Noelle Conrad

    Reply January 23, 2021 12:14 pm

    Many condolences to his family. I knew George from red oaks. He always had a smile on his face and he was a very sweet guy.I am sorry for your loss. Prayers

  • S. B. Sims

    Reply January 23, 2021 4:12 pm

    Sterling (S.B.) Sims January 23, 2021, 2:55 pm

    George & I have several old school friends from way back to both grade and high school days. We also both attended WIU and went on to enjoy long careers as Business Education Instructors. We each took great pride in the success of our many students — several of which remain friends to this sad day. George & I are both only sons of our farm family parents — His Neva & Herb and my George & Margaret — Thanks Be To God for all the Love and Blessings we shared.

  • Buddy Taylor

    Reply January 23, 2021 8:36 pm

    George was a great teacher and mentor he will be greatly missed. A Community Legend for sure! Rest in peace

  • Brad and Marabel

    Reply January 23, 2021 10:43 pm

    My husband, Brad Fowler also attended school with George for many years, including W.I.U. Because I was a good friend of George’s cousin Janet, Brad and I met at WIU. She and I were attending a private swimming party there and Brad with George and some of their friends stopped by to check it out and that was the first time we met. Later, we met again at a softball game in Vermont and started dating. We have now been married for 61+ years. George was an active person at WIU and was always participating in all kinds of activities connected with the university. As my husband was also a teacher, he had a special bond with George. George will be missed by many in this world for all the many ways he contributed. Good person, friend and family member. Thank the good Lord for the special people like George who have passed through this world and left such wonderful footprints. May he rest in peace. Brad and Marabel fowler

  • Patti & Bill Riley

    Reply January 24, 2021 11:02 am

    Kathy and Dennis we are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. We will miss seeing him cruising in to cars shows.

  • Marla Bloyd

    Reply January 24, 2021 1:03 pm

    Jerry and I are really sad to read George’s obit. Throughout the years, we enjoyed attending George’s Christmas parties, along with celebrating Jerry’s birthday with Aunt Maralee. Oh, what sweet memories, that we miss so. RIP George. You will be missed.
    Jerry & Marla Bloyd

  • Denny & Shirley Irwin

    Reply January 24, 2021 6:46 pm

    Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of George Baughman. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Cathy Onion

    Reply January 31, 2021 12:49 pm

    What a kind, gentle, and happy man. I never saw George without a smile. It was my pleasure to work with him when I was at the WIU alumni association. I fondly remember our discussions about farming and our occasional lunch at the Dairy Queen. RIP George.

  • Billie Simmons

    Reply February 1, 2021 10:59 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Jack was in the first class that GB taught and he would talk about most of the kids in the class and even where they sat. I had the pleasure of being an election judge with George for several years. He sat by the window and would tell us who was coming in to vote, and most of their family history. I loved his knowledge and love of people. He sure will be missed.

  • Carol and Doug Anderson

    Reply February 2, 2021 2:33 pm

    We are sorry to hear of George’s passing. I always looked forward to talking to him at the Alumni House during homecoming events at WIU. I also saw him occasionally at fraternity functions when he served as the advisor to my son’s fraternity. He was always so interesting to talk to. He is appreciated for all that he did for students and communities.

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