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Donald Jean Bauer, age 90 of Sholes

Posted: 27 June, 2017

Memorial funeral services for Donald Jean Bauer, age 90 of Sholes, will be held St. John’s Lutheran Church in Randolph, NE on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Frances Catholic Cemetery in Randolph, NE with military rites by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph. Memorial visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m., Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph. Online sympathies can be sent via
Donald Jean Bauer, age 90 of Sholes, died on Tuesday June 27, 2017 at Colonial Manor of Randolph. He was born on October 10, 1926 at Randolph, Nebraska, the son of Edwin and Pearl (Martindale) Bauer. He was baptized at Zion East Lutheran Church rural Pierce. He received his education at Wayne County District #22 through the 8th grade. Don helped his dad farm until he went to the United States Army serving during World War II from February 15, 1946, when he received his training at Fort Bliss, Texas and served in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines, until he was honorably discharged on April 5, 1947. 

On February 14, 1950 Donald married Helen Kuhl at the St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Rectory in Randolph. The couple farmed in the Sholes and Randolph area until 1966 when they bought the Kuhl’s grain elevator in Sholes from John Kuhl. They bought and sold grain and Kent Feed. Don received many Kent Feed awards. He retired in 1988 at the age of 62. 

Don served as the Mayor of Sholes for over 50 years. He was a member of Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 of Randolph. He was a regular member of the Randolph Card Club, where he enjoyed many hours playing Euchre and Sheepshead daily.

He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and also golfing, hunting, bowling and traveling with his wife, family and friends. You would always see him driving his pickup early in the mornings checking crops and livestock. 
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Helen Bauer of Sholes; 1 Son Tom and Judy Bauer of Sholes; 5 Grandchildren Jim and Tina Bauer of Tilden; John and Danille Bauer of Randolph; Jesse Bauer and special friend Shaunna of North Platte; Sherri Glanz of Lincoln and Staci and Tim Ortiz of Lincoln; 7 Great Grandchildren; 1 Brother Arnold and Bev Bauer of Seattle, WA; several nieces and nephews. 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter Donna Glanz; 3 Sisters Darlene, Margie and Phyllis; 1 Brother Dale.

Johnson Funeral Homes
111 E. Broadway P.O. Box 56
Randolph, Nebraska 68701-0056
Phone:  (402)337-0711

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