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Kenneth C. Bauer

Kenneth C. Bauer

Kenneth C. Bauer age 62 of River Falls, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday December 17, 2019 at Comforts of Home in River Falls surrounded by his family.

Kenneth was born May 18, 1957 in Menomonie.  He was the son of Cyril P. and Esther L. (Bates) Bauer and lived most of his life in Prairie Du Chein.  He participated in various activities for more than 30 years at the Opportunity Center.  He enjoyed sports, bowling, basketball, fishing and playing guitar.  Ken was able to enjoy multiple trips, summer camps and competed in Special Olympics.  Recently Ken moved to River Falls to be closer to family where he remained the rest of his life.

Ken will be remembered for his never-ending smile, kind heart and ability to bring joy and happiness to everyone that new him.

Ken is survived by his father, Cyril of Elmwood; siblings, Dan (Kathy) of Moneta, VA, Donna (Chuck) Briscoe of Bloomington, MN, Nancy (Bruce) Reihl of Stillwater, MN, Karen (Tom) Conway of West St. Paul, MN, Jennifer (Greg) Radtke of Red Wing, MN; special family member, Sheri Miller of Menomonie, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Esther in 2019 and his brother Wayne.

Private family services will be held at a later date.  Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Elmwood, Wisconsin.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhome.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.


  1. Catherine (Clark) Salimes

    Uncle Cyril & family,
    I am saddened to learn of the passing of Kenneth. Reading Kenneth's obiturary was touching as I read about his active life and how he exuded joy and happiness. My parents, Rosanne and Clayton Clark, were his godparents and I know welcomed him to everlasting life along with his dear mother Esther, Wayne and the many others whom lives he touched with joy. Lovingly, Catherine Salimes and family

  2. Joanne and Mike Hestekin

    Dear Bauer Family, Sending our love and sympathy in your loss of Kenny.

  3. Maribeth (Bates) ,Brunner

    Dear Bauer family. My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Diane Caruso

    Karen and Family, hugs to you all during this time of sorrow. You always talked so lovingly of your brother. May your memories bring you laughter and joy.

  5. Pam Ritchie

    Dear Bauer Family, The entire Opportunity Center family is saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was always a bright spot in every day. He truly was an amazing person, sharing light and love everywhere he was. There are many life lessons Ken was sent here to teach us, I am grateful to have had him in my life. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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