Rodney Harold Baulig

Former Durango resident Rodney Harold Baulig died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Horse Shoe, N.C., where he had lived since 2005. He was 82.

Mr. Baulig was born to Harold A. and Honor J. (Zell) Baulig on Sept. 11, 1929 in Salem, Ore. He graduated from Longview High School in Washington state and served in the Navy for nine years.

While in the Navy, he married Jeannie Harris on July 4, 1954, in Oxnard, Calif.

Mr. Baulig graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Westinghouse Nuclear Services building nuclear plants in California, Switzerland and Alabama before retiring after more than 25 years in 1990.

After he retired, the Bauligs moved to Enchanted Forest in Bayfield. Mr. Baulig was a member of Eastern Star, serving as patron when his wife held the position of worthy matron, Masonic Lodges where the Bauligs lived and the First United Methodist Church of Durango.

He enjoyed building things, including furniture and the Bauligs’ home in Bayfield.

Mr. Baulig is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeannie Baulig, who plans to return to the Durango area; daughters Kelly Archuleta and Kym MacNiece, who are also moving to the Durango area; son, Jeff Baulig, of Spartanburg, S.C.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A private family service has been held.