Donald Adam Bauder passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Betty Jo (Carnes), his mother Florence (Satter), his father Harry and his sister Mildred C. Mohn.
Donald was born in Reading, PA on July 18, 1928. His mother died when he was nine, and he was sent to live with his Aunt Emily and Uncle John. In his teens Donald lived with various dairy farmers where he worked for room and board. At sixteen, learning his Dad had remarried, he rode a bicycle 30 miles and returned home to live with his dad, sisters, stepmother, three stepbrothers and a stepsister, where he lived happily for two years.
At age eighteen, Donald joined the US Navy
and completed boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. He was shipped out to Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA where he served aboard the USS Princeton and the USS Boxer, seeing duty in the Korean War
Conflict. As an Airman aboard the two aircraft carriers, Donald learned to repair the fighter planes damaged in battle. During the last year of his tour of duty, Donald married Betty Jo Carnes and was happily married for their 48 years together.
Upon discharge in October 1952, Donald, using the skills he acquired in the Navy, went to work at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, CA, where he showed remarkable ability in repairing the aluminum skins of airplanes. After perfecting his talent as a precision sheet metal mechanic, Donald left the aviation industry to work with various companies making sheet metal components for the emerging electronics and computer industries. In 1965, Donald, along with two Navy buddies, Charles Matthews and Raymond Robbins, moved from the bay area in California to Colorado Springs, CO where they started RBM Precision Metal Products and Pike Tool and Grinding. The partnership ended in 1970 and Donald continued to grow and expand the company before selling RBM to his son and daughter before his retirement in 1989.
Donald is survived by his son, Donald H. Bauder, his daughter, Karen L. Bauder, his sister Elizabeth R DeLong and his stepbrother Robert Morrow.
Following a private burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO, a celebration of Donald's life will be held at the Garden of the Gods Club on January 6, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Pikes Peak Hospice.