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Lester Bauer, age 92 of Sauk Centre, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, MN.
On June 26, 1917, Lester John Bauer was born in Thief River Falls, MN to Henry Carl and Louise (Kuhfeldt) Bauer. He was raised on a farm and continued to help farm with his father until entering the service during WWII. He was in the US Navy and one of the survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lester married Bernice Gregoire on July 24, 1943 in Marshall, MN and three years later after his honorable discharge, he returned to Marshall and was hired by Municipal Utilities of Marshall where he worked as chief engineer. He retired December 31, 1977 after thirty-one years there. That is when he and Bernice could begin many years of traveling the country in their motor home. They eventually purchased a place in Texas to winter in 1994 and enjoyed returning to spend the summer months in Minnesota on Lake Geneva near Alexandria, MN. In more recent years they had lived at the Lakeshore Estates in Sauk Centre, MN.
Lester was a life member of the Marshall VFW Post #742, the Osakis VFW Post #7902 and was a life member of the Mankato Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Lester also belonged to the Public Employees Retirement Association.
Some of Lester's favorite past times included riding his motorcycle in parades with the 'Roaring Lions' motorcycle club, traveling, fishing, bowling, boating and waterskiing. He liked to play cards and try his luck playing KENO at the casino. He loved life, his family and exploring all of the beautiful sights around the United States. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandpa who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Lester is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bernice Bauer of Sauk Centre; 3 sons, Ronald (Sue) Bauer of Orlando, FL, Wayne (Cheryl) Bauer of Sauk Centre and James Bauer of Lahina Maui, HI; 6 grandchildren, Terri, Sue, Jacob, Joel Bauer, Tyler and Kayla Neumann; 4 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Elenora Sinclair of Grand Junction, CO.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Floyd Bauer and a sister, Viola Viergutz.
Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN on Monday, August 3, 2009 with full military honors.
Arrangements are with the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN.
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