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Gerald Bauer
September 16, 1953 - May 11, 2017

On May 11, 2017, Gerald ("Jerry") Lee Bauer, 63, of Oelwein, IA, passed away at Cedar Creek Golf Course in Ottumwa, IA, doing one of the things that he loved. Jerry had a big heart and lived his life serving others. His exceptional selflessness, warmth and kindness nurtured deep relationships with friends and family. When he wasn't spending time with family or helping others, Jerry was traveling with his wife to see his children and grandchildren, playing ball, reading, lecturing at Sacred Heart Church or serving the community through the Knights of Columbus as a Fourth Degree Knight.

Born on September 16, 1953, in Peoria, IL, Jerry was the third son and fourth child to Belva and Newton Bauer. He graduated from North Fayette in 1971 and earned his BA from Upper Iowa University in 1976, where he was also on the University baseball team and part of the Beta Theta Phi fraternity. Jerry dedicated over 35 years of his life as an insurance and investments broker with Life of Iowa, where he was part owner and Vice President at the time of his passing.

Jerry is survived by his wife, son and daughter. His wife of 39 years, Susan Bauer, was the love of his life. Susan earned her BS summa cum laude from Stevens College. Susan is involved in the Liturgy Committee at Sacred Heart Church and serves as a medical Coding Supervisor at a prominent hospital. Jerry's son, Christopher (Averi) Bauer, earned his BA from the University of Northern Iowa and his MBA from the University of Iowa. He manages IT operations within the business aviation industry. Chris has two daughters, Brynlee and Adalynn. Jerry's daughter, Sarah (Brian) Riedel, earned her BA from the University of Iowa and is pursuing her Executive MBA from Georgetown University. She manages a portfolio of customers within the clean energy sector. Sarah has a son and daughter, Spencer and Riley. Jerry encouraged his wife and children to push their limits and follow their dreams, and in the last few years Jerry especially enjoyed being a grandfather. The love that his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family received from Jerry is reciprocated in the deep love and admiration that they will always have for him. 

Jerry is also survived by his three siblings, Roger (Peggy) Bauer, Richard (Jane) Bauer, and Kathy (Doug) Davis, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will celebrate Jerry's life at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 4 to 7 pm with a Knights of Columbus Rosary service at 4 pm and a vigil service at 7 pm. The funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Oelwein on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10:30 am. Internment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein following the funeral service. A memorial fund has been established. For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com


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Kenny and Annette Kayser on May 20, 2017 at 12:43 PM said:

We are very saddened by Jerald's passing please accept our deepest sympathy .
Kenny and Annette Kayser
Michelle Ullrick (daughter of Darlene Weishaar) on May 20, 2017 at 11:46 AM said:

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. This was a massive shock to me when I heard about this. I am so so sorry. May God comfort you as you find ways to allow Him to be your Comforter, Counselor, and in time, Healer. May you find peace in Him.

May you all find peace and love in all your friends and family who surround you during this difficult time of trying to make sense of everything. Again, please know I am so greatly sorry. You lost a very beloved one.

May you know that he is still with you...just in a different realm. He is still loving all of you as much if not more than he did. I know you are all grieving so deeply. So many hugs to all of you.

May you all know you are very cherished and loved and supported during this difficult time.
Jonnika (Ohrt) Kubert on May 19, 2017 at 7:42 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear about this terrible loss. I remember Wednesday night RE classes with Jerry. Praying that you are able to hold on to your fond memories during this time of grief and find comfort.
Randy & Karen (Kent) Wilbur on May 19, 2017 at 2:47 PM said:

We are so sorry for all of Jerry's family. I have known the Bauer family since I was a child when my siblings were in 4-H with Jerry. Randy and myself grew up with Jerry and were also graduates of North Fayette. Jerry had a heart of gold. My son Noel so enjoyed his time with Jerry and Sue at many of the baseball/softball games out of Cedar Rapids. (Noel stated that even though Jerry wasn't one of the youngest players he was still the best!) Sue, Chris and Sarah we feel especially sorry for you at this time. Be proud that you can say you had a great husband, a great father, a great grandfather and just a great guy. Our best to you all at this difficult time.
Cathy Gillespie on May 19, 2017 at 11:13 AM said:

I am very sad to hear this news. I really enjoyed working with Jerry. I even golfed with him last year and remember he was a good golfer and had a lot of good tips for me. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Cathy
David & Ginamarie Shaw on May 18, 2017 at 8:58 AM said:

Dear Sister Sue,
It is with our deepest heartfelt compassion that we send you and your Family our condolences.
We are sure that God has something very special for Brother Gerry to do for Him in Heaven, something that none of the great people already there can do, He needs Brother Gerry.
Hoping that you find Peace and Solace knowing that Gerry is looking down upon all of you, watching over you and praying for you.
With sympathy,
David & Ginamarie Shaw
Anonymous on May 17, 2017 at 7:24 PM said:

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. While we were not in contact I still fondly remember our time together as children. He was one of my closest friends then. Sympathies to you and the rest of your family. Jim Fritz
Stephen D. Regan on May 17, 2017 at 9:06 AM said:

I am so very sorry to hear about Jerry. As a Beta brother I know how much fun he had in life and how much he loved living. Obviously, he was far, far too young. He shall be mourned by me and all his brothers of Beta Theta Phi, as well as his numerous friends from Upper Iowa.

Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Sheryl Gosse on May 16, 2017 at 11:50 PM said:

Susan/family: Sorry for your loss of Gerry. He enjoyed his role as husband, father and grandfather. As a client, Gerry went above n beyond to help me a few years ago and he took the time to listen to my feelings! We shared so much at our visits. He was a good friend to all our family. Gerry was proud of everyone in your family! Sure will miss him too, but have good memories. He's your angel in heaven watching over you all each day! Cherish the memories always!
Virgil and Ann (Steils) Eilers on May 16, 2017 at 6:29 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss you all are in our thoughts and prayers
Rachel (Schweer) Page on May 16, 2017 at 2:53 PM said:

Chris and family, I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for peace and comfort for you during this difficult time.
Scott Linge on May 16, 2017 at 1:27 PM said:

Sue and family I am so sorry to learn of this tragedy. Jerry was a frat brother and friend in college at Upper Iowa. He always had enthusiasm for life and sports. This is a terrible loss and too soon for all of us.
Bob Estey on May 16, 2017 at 12:12 PM said:

Sorry to lose Jerry at such a young age. God bless you all.
Carol Bishop Davidson on May 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM said:

My classmate and band friend. Sorry to here he has passed. He could sure play that french horn really great and his smile was infectious. With fond memories, Carol
Carol Thomas on May 16, 2017 at 9:17 AM said:

My sympathies go out to your entire family. I came to know Jerry years ago when I got my insurance license and sold under Life of Iowa. Jerry was always ready to "razz" me and I gave it right back. He will be missed at all of the continuing education meetings. May God give you peace in the days ahead.
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