BAUER, Richard Lloyd 1926-2015
BAUER, MUMFORD, LUCK
Posted By: K.L. Kittleson
Date: 12/23/2015 at 22:57:29
Richard Lloyd "Dick" Bauer
Died: Dec. 21, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015 at Cedar Valley Community Church
Sunday, December 27, 2015 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel and also one hour before the service at the church
Garden of Memories Cemetery and military Rites will be conducted by the Waterloo AMVETS Post #19, Evansdale AMVETS Post #31 and the Iowa Army National Guard Honors Detail
Cedar Valley Community Church (3520 Ansborough Ave. Waterloo, Iowa 50702)
Richard Lloyd “Dick” Bauer, 89, of Waterloo, died Monday, December 21, 2015, at Friendship Village. He was born October 8, 1926, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Frank Patrick and Laura Estella (Mumford) Bauer. They lived in Independence, Shady Grove, and Waterloo.
He always had a strong work ethic. As a boy, he’d ride his bicycle selling ice cream bars. He would get 18 cents for every dozen bars he sold. He loved playing baseball, primarily first baseman and pitcher. He attended Waterloo East High School. He married Phyllis Jean Luck on April 4, 1947 in Hiawatha, Kansas. They were married 68 years.
Dick worked in the box shop department at Rath Packing Co. for 42 years. He was proud to have served in the 32nd Infantry Regiment for the U.S. Army during WWII. He always enjoyed life to the fullest. He worked hard and played hard. He looked forward to the family two week vacation every year and made many memories traveling to 48 states. His family and others always came first. He cared deeply about people and never met a stranger. He was known for his dedication and loyalty. He spent many hours working on cars and ended up owning two stock cars, numbers 21 and 121. He was always so generous to everyone. If someone did work for him, he’d always give a little more than the fair amount. He had such a great sense of humor and loved children and the elderly.
He didn’t understand when his wife started going to church more than just Sunday morning and this ‘new religion’. Gradually, he saw that this new faith was changing her and she had a peace through Christ. She now had a personal relationship, not religion.
In 1974, her pastor came to visit them and explained about salvation. He understood mentally and emotionally and asked the Lord to come into his heart that day. It was an amazing conversion experience! The Lord totally changed his life. He couldn’t read his Bible enough and wanted to tell others about his new Friend. The verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 reflected his new life in Christ. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’
Survived by: his wife, Phyllis of Waterloo; one son, Rick (Maggie) Bauer of Waterloo; two daughters, Vicki Hustosky of Coralville and Nicki (Greg) Streff of Grand Blanc, MI; seven grandchildren, Keri Bohnsack, Christa (Troy) Steinbach, Joe (Lynn) Bauer, Libbie (Kevin) McCulloch, Cara (Dani) O’Shaughnessey, Jason Streff, Sean Streff; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and a host of nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: his parents; one great-grandson, Benjamin Bohnsack; one brother, Marvin “Bud” Bauer and one sister, Betty Spettel Miller.
Source: Kearns Funeral Service, Waterloo, Iowa
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