Roger F. Bauer, 84

Roger F. Bauer, 84, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1926, in Rice County, Minnesota, to the late John F. and Nora (nee Helberg) Bauer, one of 12 children.

Roger was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. He attended Mission House College (Lakeland College), where he met Natalie Lorraine Hollenbeck, and the two were married on Aug. 31, 1949. Upon graduation, he began a 37-year career in education, culminating in a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin and a post as Dean of the Education Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He retired in 1987 and moved to West Bend.

During his years in West Bend, he attended the Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum and was heavily involved with the Lac Lawran Conservancy. He was also very active in both the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie; daughter, Jennifer Hytry of San Angelo, Texas; son, Paul (Nancy) of Oak Park, Ill.; three grandchildren, Emily England of Rochester, N.Y., Aimee Knosher (Joel) of Chicago and Kimberly Bauer of Chicago; and one great-grandchild, Kelsey Hines, of San Jose, Calif. Roger is further survived by one brother, (Merlin); one sister, Grace Covert; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and nine brothers and sisters.

A memorial service for Roger will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Peace United Church of Christ, 343 1st St., Kewaskum. Gathering will take place at the church only from 11 a.m. until time of service. Internment will be at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

Memorials may be sent to the Friends of the Lac Lawran Conservancy in West Bend.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

A special thanks to Christa Pretzl of Cedar Community, West Bend and the staff of Kathy Hospice, West Bend. Their caring and support has been invaluable.