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Friday, August 15, 2014

Steven Baune

Steven Eugene Baune
Steve Baune, 65, went to be with the Lord on August 14, 2014, with his family by his side in Charlotte, NC.

He was born January 19, 1949, in Bottineau, ND to Eugene and Ruth Baune. He graduated from NDSU with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Steve then married Candace Marsden in 1971, immediately after which they moved to Rochester, NY where he started his career at Eastman Kodak. He achieved his MBA in Marketing & Finance from RIT. Steve worked for Kodak for 24 years in various leadership positions, which took them from Rochester to Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta. His more recent positions included CEO of Coats North America, which moved them to Charlotte, President of CPAC, followed by President of Gibson Guitars North America. He has called Charlotte home for the past 16 years.

Since retiring in 2011, he gave of his experience and time as a member of Forest Hill Church, Mecklenburg South Rotary (Rotarian of the year 2012), Grameen Bank of Charlotte and SCORE. His heart for charity was demonstrated by his devotion to Beds For Kids, where he served as Chairman of the Board for the past 2 years.

Steve very much enjoyed golfing with his buddies at TPC Piper Glen & spending as much quality time as possible with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

Mr. Baune (AKA Papa, Bonzo, “Mayor” of Piper Glen, Uncle Steve, Mr.B) is survived by his wife Candace Baune; sister, Jan Stankey; daughters Lara Mitchell and Melissa Shaul and their spouses Jonathan and Jody; and 7 grandchildren.

His memorial service is to be held in the Charis Room at Forest Hill Church on Saturday August 23rd at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected in Steve’s honor for Beds For Kids.


  1. Steve was as good a friend as one could have. He always had time for you and his advice was always from the heart. His laugh was genuine and his smile electric. Like a great athlete, he made the people around him better. Candi, you and your family have my deepest sympathy and my everlasting thanks for letting me share him with you these last 10 years. Love you Steve and thanks for being you.

  2. My deepest sympathy to Candace and the entire family. Steve was a great friend, mentor and influence to not only me, but everyone he met. I'm a better man for having known him. All my love and prayers.

    Chris Gilchrist