RIP Eric! I can't even believe this right now! I hope u have the peace we all deserve and I pray our Creator watched over u through your journeys in the next life! A'HO BROTHER!
Eric Vaughn Bauman
February 04, 1975 - December 02, 2022
Eric Vaughn Bauman left this world unexpectedly on December 2, 2022 at the age of 47.
He was born February 4, 1975 in Salina, KS. He grew up in Niles, KS until moving into Salina at the age of 10. Years later, he attended Salina High School South and Kansas Wesleyan University. Although he lived several years in Louisiana and Texas, Eric stayed near Salina most of his life.
He was a man of many talents and skill sets. He worked for Cargill AG Horizons in recent years but always enjoyed jobs where he worked with his hands, such as S & S Drywall in Bennington. His favorite job though was his time spent in Houston, assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey to process claims and repair their homes.
He was a talented artist, sketching and drawing often at people’s request, even designing tattoos. He was a big Chiefs fan and tried to watch every game. He also collected anything with their logo on it, from t-shirts and jerseys of his favorite players to night lights and Christmas ornaments. He leaves behind his beloved Labrador retriever, Olive, and his cat, Popeye, whom he often referred to as his kids.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Noah and Patricia Bauman, maternal grandparents; Everton and Lillian Lane; uncles, Ronald Lane and Bob Bauman; and a cousin, Adam Bauman.
He is survived by his father, William “Bill” Bauman, and his mother, Roma Zachary (Troy Zachary); two sisters, Barbara Bauman and Belinda McDaniel; and his nieces and nephews, Cade Smith, Kassidy Bauman, Angelito Garay and Matiana Garay.
A memorial gathering will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at First Southern Baptist Church, 2401 S. Ohio, Salina, KS followed by a continued celebration of life starting at 4:00 pm at Maggie Mae’s, 409 S. Broadway, Salina, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with expenses and the care of Olive and Popeye or to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (links are below).
All are welcome to celebrate in your favorite Chiefs attire.
Eric Vaughn Bauman Memorial Fund
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (This link is for the annual Out Of The Darkness Community Walk in Salina, Ks with donations benefiting the local AFSP chapter.)