He was born on July 30, 1922, at Caney to Perry and Ollie (Barnes) Baum. The family moved to Oswego when he was a small child and to Parsons a few years later.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
After the war, he began employment with the M-K-T Railroad. He retired as a switchman in 1986. He also worked part time for Gamble’s Store in Parsons as a delivery person.
Herb was an active member of Foursquare Church, where he served as a door greeter and van driver for vacation Bible school. He was a church camp volunteer and served several years as church custodian. In earlier years, he coached girls’ softball teams in the church league and worked in Boy Scouts. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and participating in bowling leagues. He had been active in his railroad union for many years.
On Nov. 17, 1945, he married Lela Jo Titsworth in Parsons, and they have celebrated over 66 years of marriage. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Vickie Elliott and her husband, Tim, of Parsons; two sons, David Baum and his wife, Nancy, of Mountain Home, Ark., and Dan Baum and his wife, Kay, of Neosho, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Gregory Joe Baum, Robin LeAnn Green, Jeffrey David Baum, Kimberly Kay Stipp, Melinda Jo Baum, Melissa Jane Cooper and Jessica Ann Elliott; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Brown of Seattle.
Preceding him in death was a granddaughter, Sarah Jo Elliott; three brothers; and three sisters.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oswego Cemetery, with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Hospice and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.