Martin Bauer, 83, Baldwin, ND, died April 10, 2009, at Medcenter One in Bismarck, ND.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Bismarck with Rev. Thomas R. Marcis, Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM at Eastgate Funeral Service where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Martin George Bauer was born on March 24, 1926, near Blue Grass, ND, to Andrew and Adelgunda (Ruede) Bauer at the family farm. He was in the Army-Air Force from 1946 to 1948. After getting out of the service, he attended Hanson Auto Body School in Fargo, ND.
Martin married Betty Ann Lechner on May 9, 1954, in Wilton, ND. After their honeymoon, they decided to pack up and move to Sweet Home, OR. They retuned to Bismarck in 1961 and opened Bauer’s Body Shop in 1963. In May of 2003, they decided to move to their land near Baldwin, ND. Martin never really retired; he was always working on things.
He was a very creative man and had several inventions including a BB gun loader, trailer hitch bumper guard, mailbox flag, Aqua Sports Craft, and he was currently working on other inventions. He could fix or build anything and loved to write letters to the Editor.
Martin enjoyed doing things with his family and grandchildren. He was always there to lend a hand. He loved watching his grandchildren in their many activities. He also loved to watch and talk about the Minnesota Twins, and play cards with family and friends.
He is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 54 years; his children, Gerald (Juanita) Bauer, Sheila (Rick) Holland, and Neal Bauer; his grandchildren, Brian Bauer, Abby, Allie, Amanda, and Gregg (Rana) Holland; his great-grandchildren, Isaac and Ethan Holland; and his brothers, Kurt, Walton, and Roy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Adelgunda; his sisters, Walinda Skelly, Lillian Bauer, and Irma (Keller) Weber; and his brother, Aaron Bauer.