Paul Bauer passed away May 4, 2014. He was born in Arthur, Iowa, on September 29, 1916 to Otto and Veronica (Miller) Bauer. When he was three years old, his family moved to Odebolt, Iowa. He attended St. Martin's School for nine years and then quit to work on the Adams Ranch in Odebolt. He quit farming and hopped a freight train to Everett, WA, where his brother, Jack, lived. Paul enlisted in the Army in October of 1937. He was first stationed at Fort Lawton, WA, then to various other Army camps. In 1940 he was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, as one of the first troops stationed there. In 1941, he was assigned to Engineer Depot Co., a new organization and later switched to Engineer Maintenance Co, also a new organization. Paul met Ruth Uselton at a USO dance and they were married on December 28, 1941. He was transferred to an organization being trained for overseas duty in 1942. In 1944, he was ordered overseas as one of three people in Advance Detail. He was transferred again to support the 1st Army Division under General George S. Patton. After the war he was assigned to bases in Korea, Japan, Germany and Okinawa with the 5th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. Paul retired from the Army as Chief Warrant Officer Four on October 31, 1957, at the age of 41. Paul and Ruth found their retirement home in Eagle Point, OR, overlooking the Rogue River. In 1963, he went to work for Medford Moulding Co. in Medford, OR, and eventually became a partner in the business. Paul sold his share five years later. He spent his retirement years working around his home and feeding the deer who visited him every morning and evening. Ruth died of cancer on March 2, 1996. Shortly after that he sold his home and moved to Lake Stevens, WA, to be near his family. Paul was member of Perpetual Help Parish and volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank. He was an avid card player preferring poker and cribbage. Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents, Otto and Veronica; brother, Jack Bauer; and sisters, Vione Bauer and Peggy Land. He is survived by nieces, Geraldine "Jerry" Jones of East Wenatchee, WA, Mikel "Mikey" Burton of LaConner, WA, and Patricia "Pat" (John) Hopkins of Lake Stevens, WA; and numerous great nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A memorial mass will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Full military burial service will be at Eagle Pt. National Cemetery, OR. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank. 2619 Cedar St. Everett WA, 98201.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 7 to May 8, 2014