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Gene W. Bauer


US Veteran

Dec. 24, 1927 - Jan. 5, 2018

Sutton resident, Gene Bauer, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away January 5, 2018, at the Sutton Community Home at the age of 90.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Federated Church in Sutton with Rev. Mary Scott officiating. Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., with the family present from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Gene was born in Sutton and was a life-long resident of Sutton, a community he truly loved. He was born on December 24, 1927, to Leslie and Freida (Wahl) Bauer. He received his education in Sutton and graduated from Sutton High School in 1946. He enlisted in the US Army in September 1946 and served in the Far East Occupational Forces in Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in February 1948. On returning to Sutton he was employed by his father and worked with his brother Roger in the family hardware store, Bauer Hardware.

On June 18, 1950, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Sundberg in Polk, NE. To this union three children were born, Glenn, Leanne, and Gary.

In 1951, Gene began his career at the Sutton Post Office as a substitute rural carrier. He rose through the ranks and became Sutton’s 15th Postmaster in 1971. Gene retired on January 1, 1988, after 16 ½ years as Postmaster and had a total of 39 ½ years of Civil Service and Military Service.

Gene was a member of the Federated Church in Sutton serving on several boards and singing in the choir. He was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, and Sutton American Legion. As a member of Boy Scout Troop 164, he attained the rank of Life Scout where he also was an assistant Scout Master. He was also Cub Master for the Sutton Cub Scout Pack. He served as City Clerk, hunting safety instructor, and 25 years as a Volunteer Fireman. He was a charter member of the Germans From Russia Chapter in Sutton. Gene was one of the organizers of Sutton’s Horse Shoe Bend Golf Course and he was very active in fundraising for the Fox Hollow Golf Course. Along with Roger Sheridan, Dr. Larry Barbee, and Beth Bartell, Gene was instrumental in raising funds for the Civil War Memorial statue that stands in the Sutton City Park.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of Sutton; children, Glenn and wife Sheila of Omaha, NE; Leanne and husband Howard of Arvada, CO; Gary and wife Jenni of Hastings, NE; grandchildren, Tyler and Emily Alton of Arvada, CO; Crystal, Allie, and Tanner Bauer all of Hastings, NE; brother, Roger Bauer of Lincoln, NE; sister-in-law, Luette Sundberg of Chocktaw, OK; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother John Leslie, infant sister Donna Mae, and brother Gerold.

Condolences

Jan. 11, 2018
Kris Moody
Friend
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When I visited Sutton over the holidays, I asked a friend about Gene. Since I left, he has remained one of those people I often think about and whose health I wished for. Gene and Donna were two of the sweetest people I knew in Sutton. As a stranger, new to town, they invited me into their home and made me lunch. They always made me feel welcome and loved. Gene: I thank you for the lasting impression you created that will continue to stick with me. Donna: My sincerest sympathies for you. Sending my love to you and your family during this time.

Jan. 10, 2018
Vicki Kraai
Friend
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So sorry to hear about Gene's passing. Wonderful, caring person - a blessing to those around him. Prayers to the Bauer family at this time and in the days ahead.

Jan. 9, 2018
Mike Finley
Friend
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Gene should be an inspiration to all. He was a good friend to Dad (Charlie) and was there with me in the last hours before dad had past. My daughter looked up to him as her 2nd (Grandpa) when dad was gone. You should all be proud to of had him as a husband and father. Gene my friend, “We Will See You When We See You” God Bless You !!!!

Jan. 9, 2018
Jill & Casey Warren
Niece
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Donna, Glenn, Leanne, Gary & families,
Mere words do not do justice to honor Gene's life and his memory. Only Gene ever called me "sunshine" with sincerity so I felt I was a bright light. I believe that was one of his many gifts... making everyone feel they were special. Please know Casey, Emilie, Tristan and I send our love and prayers. Love Jill (Sundberg) & Casey Warren

Jan. 9, 2018
Renee Asche
Friends of Glenn
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Your Dad did many things for your community. A great example for all of us. So sorry for your loss. Prayers sent to your family.

Jan. 9, 2018
John Roemmich
Friend
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Donna, Glenn, Leanne, Gary and families:
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. Heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to your family from mine.

Jan. 9, 2018
Arthur Roemmich
Long time friend
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So sorry to hear Gene passed away. I will never forget when my wife Ruth and I were married I went to the post office to get the mail and I was approached by Gene and coworker Dick Merrick asking where are the cigars. A few days later I walked back in the post office with 2 foot long cigars for them. I can still hear them laughing.

Jan. 9, 2018
Kathy Johnson
friend
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Condolences and prayers to Donna and family.

Jan. 8, 2018
The Finleyfamily
family friends
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We are so sorry to hear about Genes passing.Gene was such a great friend of Charlies, and very dear to Jordane , Whenever he would see Jordane he lit up, always had the best hugs and smile on his face. Gene was very special , and will be greatly missed . Thinking of all family . Love Finley Family

Jan. 8, 2018
Kirk and Marie Pope
Friends
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Sorry Bauer family to hear of your loss of a very special man.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jan. 8, 2018
Kathy Syring Marr
Family friend
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I was so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. What a genuine man he was. He always had a smile on his face and kind words for everyone. He was a faithful friend to Mom and Dad. Much love to you all.

Jan. 8, 2018
Tom & Chris Wiard
Long time friends of family
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So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He will truly be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Jan. 8, 2018
Bob Amsberry
G
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Glenn and Leanne, My deepest condolences for both of you at this hard time. Although I never met your father I know he must have been a great man to turn out fine children like you. May God be with you during this difficult time. Bob Amsberry

Jan. 7, 2018
Becky Johnson Cary
Family friend
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Gene was such a great person. He always had a way of making people smile. Heaven will be an even better place now.

Jan. 7, 2018
Suzanne Gemar Sapp
Friend
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Bauer Family. I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. When I think of him , it’s always a smile and makes me smile. So many wonderful memories. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

Love,
Suzanne Gemar Sapp

Jan. 7, 2018
Melissa Todora
Friend
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Dear Donna and family,
I am heartbroken to hear of Gene’s passing. He was always so welcoming and sweet to our whole family. A true gentleman and kind soul with a great (wicked!) sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by so many. I am glad I knew him. Love and hugs to the whole family. Melissa and Michael Todora

Jan. 7, 2018
Mel Nuss
Family Friend
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Donna, Glenn, Leanne, Gary and families,
My deepest sympathy to your family during Gene's passing. He
Truly was a great guy and I always enjoyed my visits with him and
Donna. His laugh and genuine caring for everyone he came into
Contact with, was made him such a special person. He truly will
Be missed.

Jan. 7, 2018
Orville and Makayla Seger
Friends
}

Sorry for your loss. A real family man. We are honored to have met him. Such a blessing in his family's life.

Jan. 7, 2018
Mel Nuss
Family Friend
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Donna, Glenn, Leanne, Gary and families,
My deepest sympathy to your family during Gene's passing. He
Truly was a great guy and I always enjoyed my visits with him and
Donna. His laugh and genuine caring for everyone he came into
Contact with, was made him such a special person. He truly will
Be missed.

Jan. 7, 2018
Dennis Leonard
Friend
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Glenn, Keanna and I are so sorry for your loss.

Jan. 7, 2018
Dan & Cristi Hagedorn
Friend
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Glenn & Sheila,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Or thought and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Jan. 7, 2018
Jean and Marilyn Laffitte
Friends
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We are so sorry to learn of Gene's passing. He always had a smile and a good story to tell. He will be missed by all.

Jan. 7, 2018
Mark and JoAnn Brown
Classmate
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Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Glenn!

Jan. 7, 2018
Paul Syring
Family friend
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Oh the memories of coming over to your house and playing. And he would always get a laugh when I would call mom, asking for mom, at the post office. Prayers to all the family. What a special friend of mom and dad's. God's peace and comfort to you.

Jan. 7, 2018
Steve and Susan Frack
friends
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Glenn and Sheila'
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We know he will be missed by both of you and by the community. May God be with you during this time.

Jan. 7, 2018
Sue & Rod Rowland
Glenn’s Friends
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Dear Glenn, Sheila & Family,
What a wonderful memorial story on your Dad, Glenn.
We certainly understand what a fine man that he was, as he
raised such fine children. You’re all in our thoughts & prayers
and we’ll be thinking of you as you celebrate Gene’s life.
Love, Sue & Rod

Jan. 7, 2018
George Syring
Family friend
}

We're so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He was like a 2nd father to me growing up. We always loved his jokes and stories. He was a great person who didn't have anything bad to say of anyone. He will truly be missed.

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