John Langham Baumert, a greatly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, doing what he loved traveling and playing golf. He was 58.
Born in McAlester in May 1958, John grew up with his parents, John and Suzanne, and his brothers Carter and Charles. It was in southeastern Oklahoma where he learned to play the drums and began a lifelong love of golf at age 7.
In high school, John played number one for the McAlester golf team, placed third in state his junior year, was regional champion and was junior champion at McAlester Country Club for several years running. He graduated from McAlester schools and later attended Paris Junior College on a full golf scholarship. JB, Johnny or Johnny B. as he was lovingly called, took his talents to the University of Oklahoma, again on a golf scholarship where he received his letterman ring, receiving a bachelor's degree in petroleum land management and attending OU's School of Law. He was also a treasured member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Though they'd known each other growing up in McAlester, it was at OU where John and Leslie Million solidified their love. The two married on July 13, 1980, and later had two daughters, Brooke Elizabeth and Anna Katherine.
John began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for 33 years and ended as a senior vice president, wealth advisor and senior portfolio manager. During that time, he was invited to share his financial knowledge with upperclassmen at OU during a brief stint as an investments adjunct professor.
In addition to his family and friends, John's greatest joys in life were, of course, traveling and playing golf. He often combined the two and held a special place in his heart for Camp Rio Vista and summers spent in the Texas Hill Country. Together with his wife, daughters and granddaughter, Eden Annice, born April 5, 2014, John enjoyed road trips and summer vacations in Colorado, good foods and delicious sweets, watching movies, listening to music and attending OU football games.
Universally known for his gentle and loving spirit and kind heartedness toward others, John was a board member for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma for a number of years, was a 32nd degree Mason and was involved with the Royal Order of Jesters. John's constant smile and genuine interest in others, whether strangers or close friends, will be forever missed.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie; his daughters, Brooke and Anna; his granddaughter, Eden; his brother, Carter and wife, Cara; brother-in-law, Clark Million and wife, Debra; four nieces; one nephew; his aunt, Linda Massad, as well as other extended family members.
A visitation service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 3, at Crawford Family Funeral Home, 610 NW 178th Street in Edmond.
The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City, with a reception to follow. Monday's graveside service will commence at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester, and a reception at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 325 E. Washington Avenue will follow.
In lieu of flowers and for those who feel inclined, donations can be made to any of John's favorite charities, University of Oklahoma Golf Team/OU Chip In Club SoonerSports.com, All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC, OK, 72116; AllSoulsOKC.com/pledge, or All Saints' Episcopal Church, 325 E. Washington Ave. McAlester, OK, 74501; AllSaintsChurch.epiok.org.
Published on February 6, 2017