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John A Bauer

John A Bauer

John A Bauer, age 82 of Durand, died Saturday, January 7, 2023 at his home in Durand with his family by his side.

John was born on March 30, 1940 in Caledonia, MN. He was the son of Gerhard and Helen (Reining) Bauer. John grew up in Caledonia and graduated Loretto High School in 1958. After high school, John worked for Bissen Oil Company & Gas in Caledonia. John married Judy Blair on September 10, 1960 in Brownsville, MN. John and Judy later moved with their family to Winona, MN where John worked Federal Sunbeam Bakery. While working for Sunbeam, John made deliveries to the Durand area. Later, they moved to Durand where John went to work for Red & White Grocery Store. John later owned and operated the Sears Catalog Company in Durand, he made deliveries for Durand Transfer and later worked for the City of Durand for over 24 years.

John enjoyed bowling, cards, golf and softball. He liked watching his grandchildren’s sports and school activities, and going hunting and fishing. John was also a member of the Knights of Columbus

John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judy, children, Jeff (Ivy) of Sarona, Jeni (Scott) Bauer and Jay (Jo), both of Durand, 10 grandchildren, Tiffany (Wally),  Ted (Sarah), Katie (Dustin), Jamie (Lanny), Josh (Lindsey), Jackie (Cody), Keauna, Jack, Madisyn and Olivia, six great grandchildren, Micah, Max, Maiya, Korra, Victor and Connor, three sisters, LaVina Lange, Rita Svehaag and Mary Mullen, two brothers-in-law, Art Robak, Dave Augedahl, three sisters-in-law, Wanda Bauer, Leota Bauer and Darlene McGinnis. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Vincent (Rosine) Bauer, Sr. Vinciana Bauer, Bernice (Les) Lange, Teresa (Ralph) Heberlein, Shorty Bauer, Gordy Bauer, Millie Robak and Helen Augedahl and brothers-in-law, Ted Lange, Jay Schense and Lee Svehaag.  

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Thursday, January 12, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand with Rev. Timothy Reither officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be 4:00PM-7:00PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Michelle Endl

    Jay, and family, Sending my thoughts and prayers and sincere condolences -Michelle Endl

  2. Jenny

    My sincerest condolences to all of the Bauer family. John was a great guy with one of the best smiles! I am praying and thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

  3. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  4. David Giesler

    Judy, Sad to hear of your loss.Wish you peace and happiness for the future Time Heals our hurt. .David

  5. Sue Robak

    The picture for Uncle John’s obituary is perfect! I can practically hear his laugh just looking at it. To the family- I’m so sorry for you loss. While his passing makes me sad, I can imagine the welcome celebration for him in heaven was awesome! I’ll be with you in spirit on Thursday, and will be keeping all of you in my prayers.
    Love, Sue Ann

  6. John and Judy Parr

    Wonderful person hugs


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Tom Lorenz

    Jay, our sympathy to you and your entire family.
    Tom and Lisa Lorenz

  9. Michelle (Davy) Hompertz

    Judy, so sorry to hear of John's passing. He always had a smile for everyone and a great sense of humor. Loved seeing you two at any gathering. Prayers and thoughts for you and whole family.

  10. Patti Blount

    So sorry to hear about the passing of John. Sympathy to his family and friends during this difficult time. He was always so nice to talk with at the Library. He always had his little notebook keeping track of all the books he read.

  11. June Baker

    Prayers to John’s family. Always enjoyed visiting with him at the library.

  12. Kay Longsdorf

    I was sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you. Kay

  13. Diane L Nelson

    Prayers for the family. John was such a nice man! Sympathy to all.

  14. Audrey Almo

    I'm so sorry to hear about John. We were classmates for 12 years, and yes, he was a very nice guy. My hugs and prayers are with you and family.

  15. Virginia Heintz

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family Judy. Your in my prayers, He was so liked by everyone.

  16. Tom and Linda Mulder

    thoughts and prayers to the family. so sorry for your Loss. I am Vern and Rosie Henning oldest daughter Hugs to the family

  17. nancy becker

    Didn't know John, but am related. Loved visiting Helen and Gerhardt and the Bauer family. My sympathies to all.

  18. Walter L Hovland

    So Sorry for your loss - Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you

  19. Cheryl Alme Bysong

    My sincere condolences.

  20. Julie Rask (was Bauer)

    Sending my deepest condolences to you all. I was part of the Bauer family (was married to Paul, Shorty &Leota's son) and always enjoyed meeting you all. A great bunch of ppl and always laughter, cards and memories involved. Sending comforting hugs your way.

  21. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May John rest in peace.

  22. Maralyn & LaVere Anderson

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the family at this sad time. John was such a enjoyable guy to visit with!

  23. Rita Palazzi Yee

    John was so good to me when I was a kid! He always took the time to make me smile when he saw me. He always had a smile on his face. As a kid, going to "John and Judy's" was always a fun thing to do. Sending lots of real love and tons of virtual hugs to everyone in the Bauer family!

  24. Lee & Char Anderson

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  25. Aggie Schmitz

    Dear Judy, you have my sympathy on your loss of John.
    I remember the nice visit we had with you and John at our last family reunion in Stewertville.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Aggie (Reining) Schmitz

  26. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy Judy and to your family, keeping you all in our prayers

  27. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  28. Ned & Anna Waltz

    Judy, sorry to hear of John's passing. Our deepest Sympathy and Prayers to you and your family!

  29. Jean Askov

    So sorry Judy to learn of John's passing. My sympathy and prayers to you and the family.

  30. Maria Stemper

    Uncle John will surely be missed, but his great smile, sense of humor, and peaceful presence will remain in my heart always. I’ll always treasure when the siblings would gather at our house….oh the conversations, the teasing and laughter that took place!! Great memories! Sending much love, sympathy and prayers to you Aunt Judy, Jeff, Jeni, Jay and families! Maria & Dan Stemper family

  31. Shannon Carsten

    John will always be in my heart- a kind man who always wanted to lend a hand to me whenever he knew he could. Pleasant and always a huge smile to greet me with! Hugs to the family during this difficult time.

  32. Terri and Mike Dematteo

    Our most sincere condolences to Judy and the entire family. John was such a nice man and will certainly be missed. Hugs and prayers!

  33. Kurt and Sue Richardson

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to you Judy and family! ???? John was an awesome guy! He will be missed!

  34. Judy and John parr

    What a great person
    Hugs to all

  35. Rich Bennett

    To the entire Bauer Family, we are so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Bennett’s

  36. Connie weiss

    So sorry for your loss.He will be missed.Hugs to all.

  37. Pat and Irene Toomey

    We always enjoyed seeing you & Judy in Bville and would always share a good laugh. RIP John. You will definitely be missed.

  38. Marty & Diane Prissel

    Judy, sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to all the families. Will miss John’s sense of humor, he was a great guy!!

  39. Joe and Jan Drier

    Judy and Family, So very sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man! Sending Our Sympathy and Prayers!!

  40. Tim Carlisle

    So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all

  41. Kay

    So sorry for your loss. He was a good person. Kenny alsways enjoyed visiting with him. With Sympathy.

  42. Tony and Ann Bauer

    John Bauer, A loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and friend to many! John will be missed dearly! Especially from his Families in Caledonia and Brownsville!! Will miss that Big Grin John and the teasing!! We Love you Uncle Johnny!! God's Blessings to All of you!! Tony and Ann and Families

  43. Calla Brantner

    So sorry to see this Jay! Prayers for you and your family!

  44. Don and Nancy Castleberg

    Sorry for your loss

  45. Becky Richardson

    Sorry for your loss.

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