Arnold S. Baumann, a Swiss immigrant, moved to Creve Coeur in St. Louis County, Missouri, in 1882, where he opened a wagon making business. As his business flourished, he added a hardware store and undertaking services.

According to a history of the chapel published by the Shepard Funeral Chapel, which now owns the records, Arnold’s sons, Gus and John Baumann opened a funeral parlor on Woodson Road in Overland, Missouri, in 1923. John and his family remained with the business until 1935 after which Gus and his family ran the funeral home. In the 1940s, they expanded and air conditioned a new chapel and changed the name to Baumann Bros. Colonial Chapel. After Gus died in 1969, his widow, and some of her family continued running the funeral home until 1976, when she sold it to their embalmer, Don Jensen. Just before Mr. Jensen died in late 2013, he closed the Overland site and consolidated with the Shepard family whose funeral home on Natural Bridge Avenue in St. John, Missouri had existed at that location since 1963. Shepard’s Funeral Home now owns all existing records from Baumann’s.

The records below came from microfilmed originals that were shared with St. Louis Genealogical Society prior to Shepard’s acquisition of the company.

Using this Index

Because a good part of these records were illegible, the list below begins with dozens of “unknown” and partly listed surnames. Be patient with scrolling under all those names to find the beginning of the alphabetical list, and, if you can’t find your person alphabetically, do go back and search the “unknowns.”

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Baumann Colonial Chapel Records

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