William J. Bauer, age 90 of Durand, WI passed away in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, February 10, 2018, after a brief illness. Preceded in death by parents John J. Bauer and Bertha (Poeschel) Bauer, and sisters Emma Bauer, Ann Weissinger, Mary Schaefer, and Barbara Dekan.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 65 years, children David (Robin) Bauer, Steve (Tina) Bauer, Jeff (Karen) Bauer, Mary (Dave) Brion, and Donna (Mark) Owen; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren; siblings Hubert Bauer, Lucyann Sabelko, and Veronica Nielen.
Bill served in the Korean War. After returning home, he met and married his sweetheart, and he and Helen operated a farm in the Lima area. Bill also worked at the Coast to Coast hardware store in Durand for many years. He appreciated the green grass of Wisconsin, and the warmth of the Arizona sun in the winter. He enjoyed riding his John Deere Gator around the farm with his bride. Bill had a great sense of humor who loved, and was loved by all. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Memorial Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand. Rev. Paul Bosco will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of services at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in Bill's name.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.