Ronald Valentine Bauer was born on January 17, 1933 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, to Valentine and Charlotte (Neubauer) Bauer. He passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in his home in Cabool, Missouri, after a short illness at the age of 87.
On June 24, 1961, he was united in marriage to Margaret Ann (McMahan), his ‘Bride’ of 42 years. In this union, he and Margaret had two children: daughter Lesa Bauer and son Kenneth Bauer.
Ronald’s parents and grandparents made the decision to move to a farm south of Cabool on Highway181 where Ronald was able to take up hunting and became an avid outdoorsman, as well as worked on the family farm.
During his time in high school, he also started working at Producers Creamery (currently DFA). Upon graduating high school with the Cabool class of 1952, he transferred jobs to work at the Producers Creamery in Springfield, Missouri, so he could take college classes and further his education. However, there was a layoff at the creamery that fall, so he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a hospital corpsman from 1952-1956 primarily with the ship the USS Shangri La.
Upon completing his service and returning to civilian life with an honorable discharge, Ronald moved back to the Cabool area and resumed working for Producers Creamery, which upon retirement from DFA, totaled 49 years.
Ronald had many hobbies that included hunting and fishing, gardening, woodworking, working with the youth at church – no one will ever forget the ‘Old Gray Squirrel’ who drove the pickup full of luggage through Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and other places. He also loved to travel for vacation when time permitted. He was passionate about donating blood through the bloodmobiles and providing nursing/healthcare scholarships in Margaret’s memory and honor and loved each student as well as followed up with them upon the completion of receiving their degrees.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; his Bride, Margaret (McMahan) Bauer; and infant brother, Richard Bauer.
He is survived by his daughter, Lesa Bauer of Manchester, Missouri; his son, Kenneth and wife Kathy (Whitmire) Bauer of West Plains, Missouri; his granddaughter, Valerie (Bauer) Matheson and husband Andrew of St. Charles, Missouri; his siblings, Vivian Oaks of Cabool, Joyce Bair of Cabool, Doris Hines of Springfield, Wilma Bauer of Cabool, Ralph Bauer and wife Cathy of Hawthorne, Florida, Randy Bauer and wife Alice of Cabool, Robert “Bobby” Bauer and wife Marina of Escondido, California, and Cathy Bauer of Cabool. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great- and great-great nieces and nephews, and he became a 3X great uncle earlier this spring to a beautiful baby boy in the Republic, Missouri area.
His kindness, big grin and mischievous spirit are going to be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020, at Cabool Cemetery with David Ball officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Ronald and Margaret Bauer Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the funeral home.