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Paul M Bauer

Paul M Bauer

Paul M Bauer, age 91 of Durand, died Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City with his family by his side.

Paul was born on January 6, 1932 on the family farm in the Town of Canton, rural Durand. He was the son of Leo and Helen (Komro) Bauer and attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Lima. Paul farmed with his Dad and Mom for several years until marrying the love of his life, Carol A. Fedie on October 17, 1951at St. Mary Catholic Church in Durand. In December of 1951, Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served stateside in Alaska until being honorably discharged in 1953. Upon returning home, Paul bought the family farm. Together, Paul and Carol farmed and raised their family. In 1989, Paul and Carol sold the farm to their youngest son and kept the farm in the family. Over the years, Paul sold seed corn, worked at lime/rock quarry, Roy Wayne Box factory as a truck driver, for Gifford’s Feeds, read meters and for the last 10 years Paul was a custodian at MDMA (Tractor Central).

Paul was avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, especially trout and ice fishing and deer hunting. He liked watching sports on tv, playing cards, word puzzles and family golf outings to Colfax. Paul and Carol enjoyed their trips up to Big Birch Lake in Birchwood and winter trips to Arizona. Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand.

Paul is survived by his wife of 71 years, Carol, four children, Michael (Carol) of Eau Claire, Gary (Nancy) of Durand, Sue (Dale) Klein of Arkansaw and Charles (Diane) of Durand, 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, great grandson, Gabriel Bauer, one brother, Cyril Bauer and two sisters, Florence Kalinowski and Sally Anibas.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand. Rev. Emmanuel Asamoah-Bekoe will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

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


  1. Nadine Schuh

    Sending sympathy to the family during this sad time. My mom always called him Paulie. :) I bet she along with his family will be there to greet him.

    When a loved one leaves us we sadly say, "Goodbye" But on the Other side they joyfully shout, "HELLO" - WELCOME HOME.

  2. Chuck & Rosanne Reckin

    We extend our sympathy and prayers to all of Paul's family.

  3. Kristine Polzer

    Sending Carol and family our sincere sympathy. We enjoyed visiting with Paul and Carol while Dave was at the PC Care Center. Wonderful couple.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  4. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Thinking of you all during this time!!

  5. Lynn Sisson

    My deepest sympathy to the Bauer clan. Uncle Paul was amazing always busy. He will be greatly missed. Lots of great memories. Now he is at peace with his parents, sisters and brother. Love to all from Minnesota.

  6. Marlene Zimmer

    I would see Paul & Carol when they came out for Bingo at the Care Center. They were the sweetest, kindest couple. My sympathies to Carol & the family.

  7. Plum City Care Center

    We, at Plum City Care Center and The Seasons, send our sympathies to the family. Paul will be missed by all.

  8. lou gregor

    mike. I am sad to her the news of pauls passing. i pray that God will send comfort to the entire Bauer family during this most difficault time. Paul was a great man and will be missed by many.

  9. Dawn Ciecierski

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my prayers.

  10. Rick & Estella Bauer

    Our Deepest Sympathy on your loss.

  11. Patty and John Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family

  12. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Our sympathy to all.

  13. Irish Jade

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Bauer family. As 1 of his caretakers at the PCCC, Paul was my favorite resident. He & his lovely wife, Carol, were so in-love, & cherished every one of their children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren, etc. R.I.P. Paul.

  14. Steve Schlosser

    You have my condolences

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