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Edwin W Bauer

Edwin W Bauer

Edwin W. Bauer, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at Dove Health-West in Eau Claire with his family by his side.

Ed was born on March 25, 1929 on the home farm in the Town of Lima, rural Durand. He was the son of William E. and Lucy (Hayden) Bauer. Ed grew up on the home farm and attended school at Sacred Heart School in Lima. After school, Ed worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps 1952. Ed served in Japan during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After returning home Ed began his career at the Durand Co-op. Ed married Donna J. Doughty on May 3, 1955 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lima. After marriage, Ed continued to work at the Co-op, dairy farmed in Arkansaw and raised his family there. Ed retired from the Co-op in 2019 after 65 years of service.

Ed enjoyed working in his garden, making firewood and cracking butter nuts.

Ed is survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna, daughters Beth (Bill) Levers of Prairie du Sac and Amy (Bob) Hocking of Stoughton, two grandsons, Darin (Jessica) and Ben, two great grandchildren, Madison and Caden, two sisters, Aileen Wayne and Esther Alf, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Rosina Brantner, Emma Bauer, Sr. Marion Bauer, Helen Sweeney, Hubert, Wilfred and Arnold Bauer.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00AM Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw with Rev. Junabe V. Villapaz officiating. 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 Wednesday.

Memorials may be made in Ed’s name to the Holy Rosary Elementary School in Lima, rural Durand.

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


  1. Dr. Doug Jacot and Debbie

    May your precious memories and the caring thoughts of those around you bring comfort at this time

  2. Sharon & Randy Bauer

    Remembering uncle Ed and his life well lived. What a generous, caring and helpful person he was. We send hugs and prayers to his family.

  3. Gary Lecheler

    Our deapest symphathy to the family.

  4. Janine Endl

    Donna and family, So sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy. Janine and Rick Endl

  5. Carol and Antonio Marin

    So sorry for your loss. Sending our prayers to the family

  6. bonnie Franzwa

    Sorry for your loss donna & family. my thoughts & prayers are with you! thinking of you @ this difficult time.

  7. Debbie Baier

    Sending my deepest sympathies to my dear Aunt Donna, as well as Beth, Bill, and Ben; and Amy, Bob, and Darin. Peace and love to you all during this time of great sadness.

  8. Elizabeth Bauer

    Prayers for your family.

  9. Jon Erickson

    My sympathies to your family for Ed’s passing. I knew Ed from working at Durand Cooperatives. Ed always had a clear outlook on things, and offered wisdom and guidance for life. A good man, had a long life, seemingly never slowing down. Rest in peace Ed.

  10. Donna Karshbaum

    Our Sympathies goes out to the Bauer Family ????❤️????

  11. John and Judy Parr

    You have our thoughts sorry for your loss

  12. Roger and Donna Strandlie

    Amy, we are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing.

  13. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    My deepest sympathy to the Bauer family.

  14. Dave and Sandi Skoien

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  15. Diane Longsdorf

    So sorry for your loss.

  16. David Klein

    I along with many cool employees were fortunate to have worked and learned from ed. That man could remember anything. I will always remember that sly grin he had when he had pulled something over on you. Rest in peace Ed you sure have earned it. Rx a

  17. Barry Bauer

    My condolences to Donna and the family.

    I’m fortunate to have visited with Ed during the past several years and learned that we had many life experiences in common. We both grew up on the family farm in the Lima Township and during younger years explored the wilderness of Nine-Mile Island. About 16 years ago, together we canoed over to the Island and did a walkabout. During a rest stop I asked Ed when was the last time he was on the Island and he responded: “About 70 years ago”.

    Also, we both experienced the rigors of Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, CA, which I think was a factor in developing our character and the sense of pride in serving our great Nation during a time of war. As did Ed, I served at the Marine Corps Air base in Japan. Semper Fi Ed, and rest in peace.

  18. Ashley Jahn

    Thinking and praying for all of you at this difficult time.

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