William Malcolm Baust
June 13, 1943 – December 23, 2013
William Malcolm Baust, age 70, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully on Monday, December 23, 2013.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on June 13, 1943, Bill was a son of the late John Baust and Lillian Helen Imhof Baust. He attended Cheltenham High School in Pennsylvania, where he excelled as a student athlete. Bill starred on the football, wrestling, and track teams and was a stand-out pole vaulter. He served his community as a volunteer fire fighter with the Cheltenham Fire Company. Bill honorably served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War on extended submarine duty aboard the USS Skipjack with his brother, Jack. Bill was employed as a field engineer with NCR, where he serviced and repaired banking equipment, and retired after 40 years.
Well-known for his friendly and outgoing personality, he was an exceptionally generous and social individual who went out of his way to help others. He had a strong work ethic and believed in providing for and protecting his family. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Paula Baust, who passed away in 1995. Bill is survived by his children, Jennifer Baust of Newark, DE, Marlene Baust of New Castle, DE, and Derek Baust of New Castle, DE; and brothers, John “Jack” Baust of Frisco, NC and George Baust of Lehigh Acres, FL.
A graveside service will begin promptly at 2pm on, Friday, January 3, 2014 at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Delaware. Interment will follow. A reception will be held at 3pm at Bertucci’s Restaurant, 201 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19702. The restaurant is located off of Route 273 by Boscov’s.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Bill be honored simply by carrying forward his practice and belief of kind gestures towards others.