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June 8, 1923 - January 17, 2016
Jack L. Baruth
Jack L. Baruth, the son of Dewey and Faye (Nason) Baruth, was born June 8, 1923, in Alexandria, Nebraska. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1941.
Jack then traveled to California on the train with his parents and sisters to visit his mother’s parents, Rex and Ora Nason. While in California, he obtained a job at Lockheed Aircraft as a machinist. Jack’s parents and sisters returned to Nebraska.
In October of 1942, Jack joined the United States Army Air Corp and was shipped overseas in July of 1944. He took part in the Northern France Campaign and while in the service, Jack was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Jack received Airplane Mechanic training in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Propeller Specialist training at Chanute Field near Rantoul, Illinois. When the war ended, Jack returned to the United States and was honorably discharged in November of 1945.
Jack then attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, for two years. He decided he wanted to become a radio announcer and answered an ad in the Omaha World Herald to attend a radio announcer school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following school, he worked most of his life in Radio Broadcasting as an Engineer, Announcer, News Director and Program Director. Jack’s first radio job was in 1948 at WGVM in Greenville, Mississippi. Others radio stations included KUDL (Kansas City), KOOO (Omaha) and KNDY (Marysville, Kansas.)
On April 18, 1954, Jack was united in marriage to Wilma Frances Baldwin in La Cyne, Kansas. They became the parents of three sons, Kenneth Franklin Baruth, Scott Douglas Baruth and Weston Lowell Baruth.
Following his radio announcing career, Jack became a trucker. He worked for Midwest Refrigerated Express in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 1973 to January 1975; United Parcel Service in Beatrice, Nebraska, from January 1975 to September 1978, and Consolidated Freightways until September 1989. Jack passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice, Nebraska, at the age of 92.
Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma. Survivors include sons, Kenneth Baruth, Nagoya, Japan, Scott Baruth, Manhattan, Kansas, and Weston Baruth, Tarkio, Missouri; grandchildren, Shaun Baruth, Seoul, South Korea, Tristan Baruth and Makayla Baruth, both of Manhattan, Alexandra Baruth, Honolulu, Hawaii, Anthony Baruth and Austin Baruth, both of Tarkio, Andrew Baruth, Lusby, Maryland, Lauren Baruth Stromberg, Lawrence, Kansas, and Rachael Baruth, Kansas City; step-grandson, Bryce Reid; two great-grandsons, Raiden and Tiberius Baruth; sisters, Phyllis York, Holland, Michigan, and Garnet Cox, Beatrice.
Funeral Services: 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 22, 2016, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.
Interment: Elmgrove Cemetery, Cadmus, Kansas.
Open visitation begins 9:00 A.M., Thursday, January 21, Davis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:00 A.M., Friday, January 22, prior to the service.
Memorials: Jack Baruth Memorial Fund.
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