Ronald Bauer

Ronald J. "Duke" Bauer

December 11th, 1925 - March 1st, 2019
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Ronald "Duke" Bauer, age 93, of Marshall, MN, formerly of Watertown, SD, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Heritage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Paul Rutten as celebrant. Music will be provided by the Immaculate Conception Funeral Choir accompanied by Danielle Holmquist-Holida.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 4th at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Pallbearers will be Ron's sons and grandsons.

Ronald John Bauer, son of Joseph and Helen (Bierscheid) Bauer was born on December 11, 1925 in Watertown, SD. He grew up in Kranzburg, SD and graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. Following his graduation, Ron joined the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. He then attended the University of MN, Northwestern University and graduated from SDSU.

Ron married Sharon Rae Dunbar on February 15, 1958 in Kranzburg, SD. They had four sons, David, Joseph, Thomas and Douglas. Ron was employed as a mail carrier for the United States Post Office until he retired in 1988.

Ron was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He enjoyed birdwatching, crossword puzzles, woodworking and was a very talented artist. He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings on TV.

Ron will be greatly missed by his three sons and their families, Joseph (Laurie) of Mobridge, SD, Thomas (Mary) of Tooele, UT and Douglas (Amy) of Marshall, MN; nine grandchildren, Jared Bauer, Emily (Skyler) Frederick, Megan (Cullen) Cogburn, Jaclyn Bauer, Joey Bauer, Daniel Bauer, Paul Bauer, Joshua Bauer and Matthew Bauer; two step-grandchildren, Erika (Mason) Halligan and Alex Coleman; two great-granddaughters, Payton Cogburn and Joey Frederick; two step-great-grandsons, Griffin and Elliot Halligan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon, his parents, his son, David, and his siblings.
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  • Visitation

    Monday March 4th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday March 4th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday March 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday March 5th, 2019 11:00am
    Fr. Paul Rutten


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LaDonna Bender

Posted at 10:20am
I found this poem and it made me think of Ron. He was always so genuine and kind to me. He welcomed me to the family as if I was a daughter. I will think of you often. Love, LaDonna

My Father-in-Law
A giant pine, magnificent and old

Stood staunch against the sky and all around

Shed beauty, grace and power.

Within its fold birds safely reared their young.

The velvet ground beneath was gentle,

and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers by.

Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,

As if to say, “Fear naught from life’s alarms”.
It fell one day.

Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.

But men who passed paid tribute – and said,

“To know this life was good,

It left it’s mark on me. Its work stands fast”
And so it lives. Such life no bonds can hold –

This giant pine, magnificent and old.

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Posted at 10:29pm
Our deepest sympathies for the family of one of the nicest men that ever lived. Love, Joe and Jackie Strohfus and (the girls) Amy and Kimberly
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