Robert E. 3-22-1925 - 6-12-2014
Robert E. Bauer was born March 22, 1925, to Edward and Florence Bauer in Wadsworth, Ohio. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, he attended BGSU where he met and married Jaquelynne Mesnard on September 6, 1947.
His adoring wife, Jackie, and their 3 children, Jennifer (Rich) Duffey, Charmayne (John) Evans, and Bruce (Janet) Bauer; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson survive him; as well as siblings, Jimmie (Donna) Bauer and Joyce Ann Weiser. Also former Danish exchange students, Knud Kirkegaard and Hanne Neilsen, who have remained close friends for over 40 years. Preceding him were his parents and brother, Donald.
Bob and Jackie were life long partners in business, starting in 1957 with their auto repair business Aero Auto Radiator at Bancroft and Fulton Sts. They eventually sold motorcycles as well. In 1967, they built a mobile home park, "The Ranch" on Reitz Rd. in Perrysburg Township.
Bob's interest in flying started at the age of 14 and soon became his passion. He and the family took many plane trips all over the country and traveled extensively in Europe as well. They even had an airstrip along side the mobile home park for Bob's many power planes and sailplanes. He enjoyed long distance and high altitude sail planes achieving an international diamond award consisting of altitude, distance and time aloft, as well as numerous other awards in his earlier years. Also many summers were spent at the family cottage on Bird Lake, MI, where Bob could be seen water skiing well into the Fall, fully clothed. After retiring in 1984, they were Florida snowbirds for 15 years.
Bob was affiliated with the Robinson Locke Masonic Lodge, Mobile Home Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, the Soaring Society and was a founding member of the Toledo Glider Club.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Kingston Residence of Sylvania Memory Care, where Bob resided the past 2 years, Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Dr. R. Murthy Gokula of UTMC.
Bob has generously made an anatomical donation to UTMC in hopes of finding a cure for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
A celebration of Bob's life will be Saturday, June 14, at Kingston of Sylvania, 4125 King Rd. Sylvania, OH from 1-3 p.m. For those wishing to make a donation, the family suggests Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the Toledo Humane Society.
Published in Toledo Blade on June 13, 2014