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William James Baumbach passed away on Saturday October 2, 1993, from complications of Parkinson's Disease, he was 84 years old. He is survived by his wife Beryl D. Baumbach, two sons William and Andrew, one daughter by a previous marriage Lillian Jacobs, 3 stepdaughters, Noreen Benson, Linda Bradshaw, and Lorraine Horton; two half sisters Lillian Reynolds, Irma Petry; 2 half brothers George and John Eckert; 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, several step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Baumbach was born March 15, 1909 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Arlington. After apprenticing in the D.C. area, he founded W. J. Baumbach, Inc. in 1928 in Arlington; as the Company grew the name was changed several times. He was active in the business until 1976, at which time he retired and turned control over to his daughter Lillian.

In 1978 Baumbach Enterprises Ltd. was formed and in 198? Turned over and run by his wife Beryl and their two sons, William and Andrew. And is still the case in 1997.

Mr. Baumbach was issued both U.S. and Canadian patent for his Suds and Flood back flow preventer used extensively in both countries. His foresight for design and planning where culminated with the Buckingham Apartments in Arlington, where he prefabricated the plumbing for all the buildings and set it in place before the walls where erected. He was instrumental in writing the code book's for Arlington and Fairfax Counties. After W. W. II, he taught plumbing to Veterans at Washington & Lee High School. His daughter Lillian Jacobs, took his course and became the first woman master plumber in the U.S.

Mr. Baumbach was a member of Columbia Lodge No. 285 A.F. & A.M., he was a charter member of the Kena Shrine Temple, and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 1315.

02-13-2004 added. Noble William J. Baumbach, had the membership number 60 and was one of the Charter Members. He was created by Acca on December 1, 1950 member # 1141754 and affiliated with Kena on July 13, 1951.

He was a 32nd. degree Scotch Rite Mason, Alexandria, Va. in the Fall class May 20th - June 3rd, 1950

He was State President of the Virginia plumbing, heating, and cooling contractor association l942/l943.

Mr. Baumbach was proceeded in death by a sister Virginia B. Smith, two brothers Charles and Andrew Baumbach, and one half brother Edward Eckert.

Services where held on October 6, 1993 at Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax, Va., internment was at National Memorial Park.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in New York City.

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