Larry was born May 26th 1944 in Wisconsin Rapids to John A. and Shirley C. (Oppedesan) Baumel. He spent his early years in the Adams area before moving to Sparta, where he spent most of his youth and graduated high school.
Larry also served in the Army Reserve.
He had a love for stock car racing and building street rods. Larry raced in the NASCAR series and later ran his business, Spartan Rod Works. He also enjoyed cruising on his Harley.
He is survived by his Son, Gregory J. Baumel; granddaughter, Abigail J. Baumel; cousins: Janis Massen, Dan Oppedesan, and Carmen Petersen; nephew, Kyle Baumel; other family, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents: John and Shirley; brother, Stan; uncle, Jack and aunt, Jerry.
A celebration of life will be on Sunday June 4th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at American Legion in Sparta, Wisconsin.
Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. But as promised, his story is appearing in the Midwest Racing Connection newspaper. Part one is in the June issue. Story will also be on Facebook. Interesting reading, from a man that lived a very interesting life.
Larry and his family were neighbers when we bolh livd in Angelo wi. I used to help Larry with his race car as my brother also his race car. while we livd there we started to build roll bars and i push bars . We lost track of the family when we moved to Az in 1985 . He will sadly be missed by family and friends. God speed
Knew Larry from the early days, crewed on his race car in central Wisconsin. Always an innovator and had a plan in mind. Will miss our visits. He will be racing in heaven.
Sorry for your loss. Larry loved to have fun and seemed to just enjoy life. Quite a character, who I got to know some. Cherish the memories of a man who pretty much did whatever he wanted to do. R.I.P. Larry…
You will be missed dear cousin.