BANCROFT, Iowa - A funeral Mass for Edward F. Bauer, 86, of Bancroft, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft with Father John Thomas, officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by the Matz-ener-Estle American Legion Post #675 of Ledyard, will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.
Bauer died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Heritage Nursing Home in Bancroft, Iowa.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft, and one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday at the church.
Edward Frank Bauer was born July 16, 1927, in rural Swea City, son of Frank Sr. and Catherine (Matheis) Bauer. He graduated from Swea City Community School in 1946. Throughout the high school years, he worked for Bell Motor Company in Swea City and drove school bus. After graduation, Ed served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. Upon returning home, he took flight lessons at the airport in Fairmont, Minn. Young Ed liked to roller skate, and one Sunday afternoon at the roller skating rink in Estherville he met this lovely lady, Garnita Brunsvold, of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Several flights were taken to the Estherville area, and she became his wife on Oct. 9, 1950. They started farming and then, in 1952, started a crop-spraying business. This included aerial spraying, in which he was the pilot. He was living his dream with farming and spraying. In 1965, Ed and Garnita purchased the family farm north of Bancroft where they worked together until her passing in 1980. Ed enjoyed working, flying and fox hunting with friends. He enjoyed listening to his favorite polka music on Sunday afternoons. He spent the past 25 years wintering in Arizona. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Matzener Estle American Legion of Ledyard.
He is survived by five children, Diane (Eldon) Jorgenson of Ledyard, Rick (June) Bauer of Bancroft, Jerry (Karen) Bauer of Bancroft, Trudy (Terry) Blome of Ledyard, and Lori (Steve) Lloyd of Lake Crystal, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Sheridee (Murl) Dodds of Algona, Stacie Anderson of Welcome, Minn., Heather (Ben) Olsen of Hudson, Wis., Derrick (Danica) Bauer of Bancroft, Lana (Blair) Wegner of Wells, Minn., Brandon (Molly) Bauer of Shueyville, Matthew (Brittany) Bauer of Swea City, Eric Bauer of Shueyville, Jamie (Aaron) Woodburn of Independence, Minn., Jason (Amber) Blome of Ankeny, Jacob (Amanda) Blome of Maple Grove. Minn., Jayna (Ryan) Hoover of Ankeny, Brock Lloyd of Gilbert, Ariz., and Vanessa Lloyd of Lake Crystal, Minn.; and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers and a sister, Matt Bauer of Bancroft, Frank Bauer Jr. of Austin, Texas, John (Mary) Bauer of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and Mary (Dale) Albright of Blue Earth, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Garnita on Nov. 24, 1980; a grandson in infancy, and a brother, Joe, in December 2013.
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