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Linn County News

Published Dec. 22, 2021

Robert Joe Baugh, age 82, Mound City, Kan., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. He was born on Jan. 23, 1939, in Pleasanton, Kan., the son of Owen Wesley and Mary Ellen Peterson Baugh. He graduated from Pleasanton High School in the Class of 1957. Joe was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Sheri McGinnis, on June 5, 1960, in Pleasanton. He worked at Tucker Telephone in Pleasanton from 1957-1963. He then moved his family to Olathe and began a 30-year career with Kansas City Power and Light. The family moved to Gardner in 1972. He and Sheri opened Blazer Burger Restaurant and owned and operated a boot store. 

Joe and Sheri returned to Linn County in 1999, settling in Mound City. Joe gave his life to Jesus Christ in 1965 at the Gardner First Baptist Church. He had been a faithful servant ever since. Joe was a member of the Mound City Christian Church and the IBEW Local No. 1464. He enjoyed showing antique cars, drawing house plans and building about anything. His greatest joy in life was his family. He was the “funny guy.” He loved to have his grandkids laugh at him. After retirement, Joe and Sheri traveled quite a bit, including time spent in Texas during the winter months. In most recent years, he enjoyed traveling to Lake of the Ozarks with his wife, affectionately known as “Sugar Babe.” 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Clinton and Mitchell Baugh.  Joe is survived by his Sugar Babe, Sheri; three daughters, Diana Lynn Hermon (Don), Lisa LeAnn Huppe (Gary) and Amy Jo Earl (Dan); eight grandchildren, Daniel Hermon (Kelli), David Hermon (Dana), Jessica Pearson (Eric), Ashley Gall (Josh), Kyle Huppe (fiancé Lizzy), Jake Huppe (Raegan),  Mikaela Cox (Kyle) and Austin Earl (fiancé Abby); and 20 great-grandchildren. 

 Due to current COVID conditions and concern for their community, a private family service was held Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at the Mound City Christian Church. Burial was in the Pleasanton Cemetery. The service was live-streamed. 

Contributions are suggested to the Mound City Christian Church, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box J, Mound City, Kan. 66056. Online condolences can be left at


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