Donald E. Baldwin, Sr.


Donald E. Baldwin, Sr.

July 11, 1930 – October 1, 2020


Longtime owner of Baldwin Flooring.  Preceded in death by son, Mark Baldwin; grandson, Jake Dice; son-in-law, Jim Dice; and daughter-in-law, April Baldwin.  Survived by wife, Joanne; children: Don (Maureen), Dave (Janet), Teresa Schlehuber (Jim), Jim Baldwin; and Mary Susan Morse (Steve); 11grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, October 5th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, October 6th, 10am, St. Bernard Catholic Church (3601 N. 65th St.)  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Bernard Catholic Church and School.

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Donald Eugene Baldwin was born on July 11, 1930 in Omaha Nebraska.  He was the fourth child of Homer and Zee Baldwin.  He had four brothers: John, Robert, Le Roy and Richard, and four sisters: Betty, Beverly, Joan and Sharon.  As a young boy, he sold newspapers downtown.   One of his favorite activities as a child was going to the movies at the Orpheum theatre, where he was an usher.  He attended Tech High School.  Don made friends with the kids that attended Cathedral High School and met a priest that became a mentor to him.  As a teenager, Don took classes and became Catholic and practiced his faith devotedly.

He served his country in the Air Force as a radar technician and as a Marine Reservist and was a veteran of the Korean War.

In 1953, he was set up on a blind date and found the love of his life, Joanne, and they were married on a beautiful, sunny day, January 2, 1954.  They were blessed with six children: Don Jr, David, Teresa, James, Mark, and Mary Susan.  Don had 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. 

Don worked in the flooring department at Montgomery Ward and then for Lard Flooring.  In 1958, with two small children at home, Don decided to open his own business, Baldwin and Hergenrader.  Don sold flooring during the day and installed it at night.  Then, in 1969, Don went out on his own and opened Baldwin Carpet.  Don and Joanne were a team and worked together building the family business.  All the children worked at the business and four of them still do today.  Dad worked tirelessly at his business until his death.  He enjoyed talking to customers, working in the warehouse and driving the forklift.

Although Don and Joanne traveled the world together, his favorite place to travel was Las Vegas.  He entered many slot tournaments.  He loved to play cards, watch game shows, especially Wheel of Fortune, and watch sporting events. 

He was a member of the VFW and the Knights of Columbus.    

He was an inspiration, mentor and coach to so many.  He shared his unconditional love with everyone he encountered.  Love and kindness, hard work and faith was his legacy. He was dearly loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His life ended on October 1, 2020 in Omaha Nebraska. 

We love you and will miss you.



  • Kurt Reinders Posted October 3, 2020 12:18 pm

    A great man…

  • Seth Posted October 5, 2020 7:40 am

    From everyone at Campbell Management we wish the Baldwin family our heart felt condolences. Don Sr. was a amazing man and business man. He is and will be missed!

    -Tom, Seth, Kati, Derrick and the crew

  • Tony A. Veronee Posted October 5, 2020 8:47 am

    A great man

  • Kris Gargano Posted October 5, 2020 4:09 pm

    He was such a good man…he was so kind and loving to my family…We will miss him dearly!

  • Merle Rambo Posted October 6, 2020 8:17 am

    May Don be blessed with peace and eternal comfort! I wish that the many, many thousands of young people and adults that have walked upon his work for decades in their homes, schools and offices would all have known the gentle, kind and caring man behind that work. Knowing him professionally for was a great asset spanning decades.. Knowing him personally was far better. He will continue to brighten days with his smile and humor gifted to us in our memories. And if those in or coming to heaven know it or not, an amazing guy has arrived before that other Everready bunny, and will be gracing… and certainly improving… their walking paths. Hard not to feel the gift of his smile and humor as I think of all that energy going on, unrestricted, and perhaps a forklift and all kinds of cards to be played.

  • Lana Wurtz (Dee’s Grandaugher) Posted October 6, 2020 9:17 am

    I’m just learning of Don’s passing. I remember him fondly from Grandma’s funeral in 1994 and Margurite’s in 1998. Always loved taking a small trip to Irvington to see the showroom. Very sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

  • Carol Nowak Posted October 7, 2020 7:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Dave and all the rest of the family.

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