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BAUER, Thomas Jul 4, 1941 – Apr 15, 2019

KALKASKA [mdash] On Monday, April 15, 2019, Thomas E. Bauer entered peacefully into the arms of his savior after a lengthy illness. Tom was born July 4, 1941 in Saginaw the second son of Joseph and Maxine (LaLonde) Bauer.
He attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and high school in Saginaw and continued his education at Ferris State University, graduating with a degree in commerce.
After graduation from Ferris, Tom taught school for three years. He then entered the business world, hiring with Amerisure Insurance (then called Michigan Mutual) as a commercial underwriter. In 1984 Tom was transferred from the Saginaw office to the Grand Rapids office as district underwriting manager.
In November 1968 Tom married the love of his life and forever partner, Ardis Fischer. One of Tom’s personal wishes was to make it to 50 years of marriage, which he did this last year.
Upon retirement in 1999, Tom and Ardis moved to the great up north on 160 acres of wooded land full of animals, including bears, which he was able to enjoy for 19 years.
Tom is survived by his wife, Ardis; daughter and son-in-law, Alan and Nina Schwab, of Gurnee, Illinois; and three grandchildren, Alayna, of Columbus, Ohio, Caleb and Maki. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary (Richard) Achtabowski, of Saginaw, and Barbara (Richard) Burns, of Rockford. He is also survived by his home helper, Robin Nyson, of Kalkaska, for whom he really cared and appreciated.
Tom was predeceased by his parents and an older brother, Roger Bauer.
Tom was known for his easy going personality and his ability to make anyone laugh. He had a beautiful voice and was a choir member for many years in Grand Rapids. He also loved to sing at home. His favorite song was “Strangers in the Night,” the song he first danced with his wife on the night they met.
Thanks are extended to Pastor Eric Black for his many home visits. Thanks are also given to his doctor, Todd Kreykas, who also made home visits. This family also appreciated the many times the Boardman Township first responders were called to the home.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2470 Beebe Road, Kalkaska. Visitation will be prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Preschool or the Kalkaska Animal Shelter.
Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours; www.wolfeoneill.com.

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