Graveside ServiceFort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Texas 78209
SMSGT James Robert Baughman USAF Ret., born on June 14, 1928 in Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania and passed away on November 15, 2020 at the age of 92 at his home in New Braunfels.
James graduated from Dellroy High School in Dellroy, Ohio in 1946 and joined the Merchant Marines in 1947. After realizing he was very prone to seasickness, he joined the Air Force in January 1948. This was just a few months after the Air Force was created as a separate branch of the military.
James proudly served in the United States Air Force for 21 year in the areas of radio and Precision Maintenance Electronics. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. One of his most interesting experiences was in the Marshall Islands on Enewetak Atoll during the Hydrogen Bomb testing in 1954.
After retirement from the Air Force James went on to work for McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St Louis, Missouri, as a Precision Maintenance Electronic Technician for 18 years. Both careers showed James and his family many different parts of the world. The last 6 years James worked for McDonnel Douglas he worked on a project in Saudi Arabia. During that time, he and his wife were able to travel the world to such places as: China, Nepal, Thailand, Europe, and Africa.
After retirement from McDonnell Douglas, James and his wife continued traveling around the US in their RV doing volunteer work with the Assembly of God MAPS at colleges and churches. They also did volunteer work in various parts of the world including Central and South America, and Africa. James enjoyed photography and took thousands of pictures wherever he traveled. He was especially interested in the cultures and people of the places he visited or wherever he was stationed.
Once the traveling came to a stop, James was not one to sit still. He became excellent at fixing things around the house and offered his handyman services to his family and neighbors. He always enjoyed being outdoors whether it was camping with his family, working in the yard, or tending to his bird feeders.
His last trip was In May 2019, when he went to Washington DC on the Honor Flight from San Antonio. He was accompanied by his son-in-law, Gary Cobb, and enjoyed visiting with other veterans and seeing the sights.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Easter Lilly Baughman; daughters, Beverly Cobb (Gary Cobb), Roberta Gordon (the late Joel Gordon), one brother, and three sisters. He is preceded in death by four brothers, and four sisters.
A Graveside Service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 11:15AM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors.