CW2 David L Baumeister was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/13/1991 at the age of 47.0 from Cancer
Anchorage, AK
Flight Class 65-8W
Date of Birth 02/19/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Barry Geller, John Baumeister (son)

More detail on this person: Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Friday, February 15, 1991

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Cathedral for ERA Aviation President David Lynne Baumeister, 46. Archbishop Francis Hurley and the Rev. Mr. Felix Maguire will officiate. A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday with a vigil service at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel. Mr. Baumeister died Feb. 13 at his Anchorage residence.

He was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Batavia, Ill. He was raised in Finley, Ohio, where he graduated from Finley High School in 1962. Later that same year, he joined the U.S. Army and after flight school served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot.

While serving in the Army as a chief warrant officer 2, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Mr. Baumeister left the Army in 1967 and took a job as a commercial helicopter pilot in San Francisco.

He married Peggy Quilter Aug. 10, 1968, in San Francisco. In March 1969, he moved to Anchorage and became a pilot with Anchorage Helicopter Inc.

In 1974, he joined ERA Aviation Inc. In 1985, he became the president of ERA Aviation.

Mr. Baumeister served on the board of the Anchorage Boys Club and had been president of the Anchorage Olympic Organizing Committee. He was involved in Junior Achievement of Alaska and was currently the president of the Anchorage Hockey Referee Association. He was also active in the Boy Scouts Western Council.

He was a lay member of the Bar Disciplinary Committee, an arbitrator for the Conflict Resolution Center, a member of the Twirlie Birds, a past president of the Alaska Air Carriers Association, and a member of the Consumer Advisory Board to Enstar Natural Gas Co.

Mr. Baumeister was also a eucharistic minister at Holy Family Cathedral. He was an avid hockey fan, enjoyed scuba diving, hunting, fishing and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Anchorage; his mother, Jean Dunford of Eureka, Calif.; his son, John of San Diego; his daughters, Laura and Sarah, both of Anchorage; his brother, Richard of Eureka; and his sisters, Susan Harper of Eureka, Pat Wallace of Morgantown, Va., Jackie Morris of Columbus, Ohio, and Joanne Turner and Mary Veliquette, both of Sacramento, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Boys and Girls Club of Alaska, 2300 W. 36th Ave., Anchorage 99517.

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