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“boyce accomplished more in his short time as mayor than has been done in a long time,” the statement read. “he had a vision of what cottonwood falls could be and strived to make it better each and every day. His absolute passion for the chase disc golf course is a legacy that he spent countless hours designing and making into a one-of-a-kind course that is not only unique, but challenging as well.”

“boyce was a very hands-on mayor that gave a lot of thought and consideration to his employees,” the statement continued. “you could see him all hours of the day — whether during the week or on a weekend — driving through town checking on the happenings in the city. He had a ‘where-there-is-a-will-there-is-a-way’ attitude, and worked hard to secure funding for any projects that he wanted done.

He had an enthusiasm for making cottonwood falls beautiful.Hall fame boyce and his wife, connie, put in many volunteer hours to plant and maintain the 22 flower planters located on broadway. He also headed up the project to put christmas lights on all of the downtown businesses, installed a handicap drinking fountain on broadway and put in more memorial benches downtown. Boyce’s leadership in this community will be sorely missed.”

Former ESU president kay schallenkamp said she hired baumgardner to lead the ESU foundation during her tenure at the university. Baumgardner was a visionary, she said, and that’s what made him special.

Schallenkamp said baumgardner was responsible for a number of important projects during his time at ESU. He upgraded the fraternity system and was instrumental in the construction of the chi omega and phi delta theta fraternity houses.

“he also was keenly interested in beautifying the area around campus,” she said.Chase county “he worked very closely with the city and, through the foundation, purchased some of the dilapidated houses around the university, particularly along highland street. I thought that was a great partnership that he worked with the city to improve that blighted area.”

Baumgardner was also responsible for the bronze corky statues that are displayed around campus, and the “corky on parade” decorated statues around the community for several years. He also worked with the muslim community on campus to build the islamic center of emporia.

Schallenkamp said she would remember him as a man of integrity who never gave up on a project once he set his sights on something. She said baumgardner was exceptionally proud of the disc golf courses in swope park.

“we visited him last year when we were in kansas and he was so proud of cottonwood falls and the things that they were doing,” she said.Cottonwood falls “we have a friend who is an avid disc golfer who said the glass blown open is an amazing event, but the cottonwood falls course is highly regarded among disc golfers. He was so proud of it.”

“he was a man who was really an agent for change,” sandy kramer, a longtime friend and colleague, said. “we had a good vision for change, and he was able to surround himself with people to make that change happen.”

Kramer said she worked with baumgardner for most of the 18 years he spent at ESU, as well as on projects through the chase county chamber of commerce. She said baumgardner was instrumental in promoting the county as a tourist attraction.

“we implemented a rebranding for the chamber and really worked on getting cottonwood falls and chase county on the map as a real tourist destination,” she said. “when he had a vision, he had a vision and he was determined to see that vision come to life.”

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“he had a huge heart, and he was very caring,” she said. “if you were his friend, you were his friend for life. He also was incredibly stubborn, but he was an honest man.”

Growing up in elmdale, baumgardner had a lifelong love for the area, and kramer said that was something that he carried with him all of the time.

“he loved chase county and cottonwood falls,” she said. “the flint hills were in his heart. He loved the flint hills and that was always home to him, even when he was in emporia. It’s really hard to find a person like him.”

Baumgardner was also an avid supporter of the national teachers hall of fame. NTHF executive director carol strickland said his assistance in raising money for the one in a million campaign would never be forgotten.

“I have such admiration for the work that boyce did for emporia state university and the national teachers hall of fame,” strickland said.Chase county “he worked tirelessly to help in fundraising efforts for the hall, and was instrumental in establishing the one in a million campaign to honor educators across the nation. His leadership ability and warm personality added greatly to the success of both the university and the hall of fame. We are so grateful for his legacy at the hall of fame, and he will be fondly remembered by so many people.”

Chase county chamber economic development and tourism director jennifer laird said baumgardner’s influence could always be felt throughout the community.

“his presence in the community will be dearly missed, but his spirit will always remain visible throughout the county,” laird said. “boyce inspired us all to see the boundless possibilities and potential in chase county. Through his optimistic vision, his endless passion and his unmatched determination, he challenged us all to dream big and achieve bigger.Chase county boyce believed the tag line for chase county should be ‘lucky to live here.’ I would say today, that chase county is ‘lucky to have had boyce baumgardner live here.’”

Baumgardner is survived by his wife, connie, children wendy lea morris, brett dawson baumgardner, wendy marie carter, eight grandsons, one great-grandson, and his mother, maria baumgardner.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.M. Monday at the pavilion at the clover cliff ranch in elmdale with internment at the elmdale cemetery immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the hand in hand hospice, city of cottonwood falls – boyce baumgardner chase disc golf memorial fund, or the shriners hospital for children and can be sent in care of the funeral home.