Norman Walter Bauer
Norman Walter Bauer, 91, of Odessa, Missouri, formerly of Warrensburg, passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Royer Funeral Home in Oak Grove. Graveside services with military honors will follow at 12 p.m. in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in Concordia.
Norman was born May 5, 1926, in Stover, the son of Walter A. and Clara M. (Luebbert) Bauer. He grew up in the Blackburn area. He entered the Navy in 1944 and served on board the USS Curtiss until 1946. His awards during this time were: Asiatic Pacific (one star), American, and the Victory Medal. Norman was a member of the American Legion for at least 35 years, was a VFW Honor Guard in Warrensburg and commander for one year with a lifetime VFW membership. He was auto-body foreman for several dealerships in Higginsville and Warrensburg before teaching at the Vo-Tech School in Warrensburg and receiving the National I-Car Educator plaque before he retired in 1991. He continued to be a member of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association.
Norman was a faithful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warrensburg from 1957 to 2004, and served as vice-president, elder, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Higginsville at his time of passing. Norman loved his family deeply, and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and telling funny stories. He truly loved life in general and will be greatly missed.
Norman’s survivors include his wife, Betty (Williams) of the home; his daughter, Patricia Graybill (Lynn) of Knob Noster; his son, Tim Bauer (Karen) of Concordia; his stepson, Ron Williams (Lisa) of Odessa; his sister, Barbara Royer (Pete) of Oak Grove; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Dean Frerking of Concordia, and Joyce Kuhl of Lubbock, Texas; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margie Bredehoeft; his son, Paul; and his parents.