Victor J. Bauer
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Funeral services for Victor J. Bauer, 92, were conducted by Pastor Steven Daiker on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers were his granddaughters Andrea Bauer, Carrie Bauer, and Anna Boynton. The casket bearers were his grandsons Bryce T Bauer, Alex Bauer, Aaron Bauer, Lucas Bauer, Jacob Bauer, Jack Boynton, and Christopher Bauer. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Victor John Chris Bauer, the youngest of five children of John William and Anna Koenig Bauer, was born Oct. 13, 1918, at his parents' home in northwest Audubon County, and died Sept. 2, 2011, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 92 years, 10 months, and 19 days,
Victor was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Brethren Church in Ross. He attended rural school in Cameron Township then graduated from the Audubon High School in Audubon. He helped on the family farm then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. During his tour of duty he served in Central Europe, France, and Normandy and fought in several battles. He endured two battle wounds and received many honors including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Battle Star. He was honorably discharged and returned to the Audubon area. Victor took several agricultural classes at Iowa State College in Ames, then began farming.
On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1948, he was united in marriage to Vesper C. Baker at the Ross Church with her father Rev. Ray Baker performing the service. Six children were born to this union. They operated two different farms northwest of Audubon. They grew crops and raised livestock. In the early 1960's Victor co-owned and operated Purina Feed in Audubon. Victor raised cattle and was one of the original shippers and instrumental in forming Operation T-Bone. Later he was honored to be the Grand Marshall for the T-Bone parade. They moved from the farm into Audubon in 1989. Victor continued to help his sons farm. Vesper died April 6, 2000. Victor lived in his home until he moved to the Friendship Home in 2006.
Victor was a life long member of the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross. He served on many committees and served as the church treasurer. Victor enjoyed fishing, having coffee with his friends at Purina and the Chatterbox Café. But most of all Victor loved to farm.
Victor was preceded in death by his wife Vesper; his parents; four siblings; a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.
Survivors include his children Nancy (Lester) Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., Theodore (Donna) Bauer and their son Bryce T Bauer; Brent (Joan) Bauer and their children Andrea, Carrie, and Alex; Terry Bauer (Janis) and his sons Aaron, Lucas, and Jacob, all of Audubon; Brenda (Robert) Boynton and their children Jack and Anna all of Novato, Calif.; and Michael Bauer (Carrie) and his son Christopher all of Audubon; his close friend Melva Stone of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16, 2011