Louie Baima, 95, of Dunkirk (rural Pittsburg), passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 2, 2021 at the Girard Medical Center.
He was the first born of twins to Joseph and Emma Mary Baima in the living room of their house in Dunkirk. As children, Louie and his twin, Johnie, loved to play baseball. He graduated from Frontenac High School. The twins joined the Army together, serving in World War II and Korea. Louie served in Special Services (The Mars Task Force) in China, Burma, and India from 1944-1946 earning the rank of Sergeant. He received 4 Bronze Stars, Combat Badge, Burma Star, CBI Theatre, 6 Ribbons, Medal from a general and Diploma from DPlinator for his service. After being discharged, Louie attended Pittsburg State University’s Auto Tech.
Louie worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons as an inspector for the Air Force. Later he went to work as a mechanic for the Crawford County Road and Bridge Department.
On July 28, 1962, he was united in marriage to Rena M. Bishop in Pittsburg. She preceded him in death on February 24, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Terry Baima (Tammy) of Girard and Michael Baima (Gina) of Mound Valley, KS; a step-son, Richard Talley (Linda) of Charleston, South Carolina; a brother, Johnie Baima (Lois) of Pittsburg; seven grandchildren: and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rena; and a brother Joe Baima.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday (June 8) in Garden of Memories Cemetery with Pastor Travis Modesitt officiating. Burial will follow. Graveside military services will be provided by the Kansas Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors. Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com . Arrangements are under the direction of the the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762.
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