John Bauer

John Bauer, 77, Raytown, Missouri passed away November 26, 2017. A visitation will be held 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Monday, December 4, 2017 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. Military graveside services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, December 4, 2017 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.

John Bauer was born August 6th, 1940 in Herculaneum, Missouri. He grew up in Springfield, Illinois where he graduated from high school.  He worked as a carpenter before joining the Air Force in 1963 and marrying his bride – Mary Catherine Davidson in 1964.

John traveled many places around the globe while serving in the Air Force and brought 4 sons into the world along the way.  His decorated Air Force career lasted 23 years before moving to a civilian job with the Marine Corp headquarters and landing in Raytown, Missouri.  In all John served his country with more than 40 years of service. In addition to his military training he also demonstrated his belief in education and achieved a goal to get his college degree later in life – an accomplishment that he treasured.

After his retirement – John served his community working for the catholic parish doing renovation and handy work. He helped anyone who asked often without asking for anything in return. He was also there to help sons, friends and anyone who needed a handy-man.  As his granddaughter said recently – Papa was the Mr. Fix-It for anything.  John loved wood working as well creating things in his basement wood shop.  He was also a huge auto racing fan…….loved the Midget racing and accompanied sons to the local race tracks many times. He enjoyed listening the classical music and collected many record albums over the years – Mantovani was his favorite and brought him much joy.  John was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, mentor and a gentleman – he was loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

John was preceded in death by his parents – John and Effie as well as his brother Greg.  He is survived by his wife, sons, daughters in law and granddaughters as well as two brothers, a sister and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends who will all miss him dearly.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St Luke’s Hospice c/o St Luke’s Foundation  4225 Baltimore Ave. KC, Mo. 64111 OR the National Alzheimer’s Association website at ALZ.ORG


  1. Sue Meyer on November 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Peace be with the Bauer family

  2. Don Burge family on November 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Thoughts. And a prayers to your family. From the Don Burge family.

  3. Mary and Hartzel Bruno on November 29, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Love to John’s family. As a kid john was Rosie’s BIG brother. My memory of him was in a crisp blue uniform with a huge smile. He was always up for teasing us kids whenever he could. His wife and sons had one of the best husbands and fathers ever. He will be missed. Love and sympathy to you all. So happy and proud that after 70 years we are still friends.

  4. Cherie Brown on November 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I knew of John through his daughter-in-law, Donna. She spoke of him lovingly and would often say that he would do anything to be helpful. He sounded to be a totally charming person – a person with a great sense of humor. It is people like John who make the world a better place for all of us. My condolences to John’s family and friends.

  5. Ellen Newman on December 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    My love and prayers are with you and your family. John was a very kind and generous man devoting many hours to his church and country. He will be much blessed and missed.

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