Charles Lewis Bauer, age 73, of New Carlisle, died October 30, 2016 in Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, Mich., from cardiac arrest. Charlie, or Chuck as he was affectionately known, was born January 28, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, to Charles and Donna (Matthews) Bauer. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Ann Herman, on July 20, 1963.

Charlie loved his Lord, family and friends. He was a member of the Living Church of God. He graduated with honors from john H. Patterson Cooperative High School in Dayton, and attended General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. He excelled in track and field competitive events, and also participated in Olympic Weight Lifting competitions as a young man receiving accolades on both the state and national levels. He taught Basic Electricity classes at Patterson Co-Op and Ohio Edison in the 60’s.

Throughout his adult years, Charlie held employment at Dayton Steel; Hobart, Kitchen Aid division and Kelsey-Hayes/Speco Division, retiring from Navistar. For recreation, he enjoyed participating in church and work bowling leagues, softball teams, basketball teams, personal work-out routines, riding his bike on country roads, reading Louie L’Amour books and watching John Wayne westerns.

Charlie enjoyed being outdoors, living and working on his farm, splitting wood and sitting with neighbors and friends sharing life and God’s Word. Whenever there was an ‘electrical need,’ Charlie was the man to call.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Deputy Suzanne (Bauer) Hopper. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie Bauer; two daughters, Dr. Annette M. Bauer of Springfield and Marie Bauer (Beck) Becksted of Colorado, granddaughter Emily Bauer and grandson Charlie Waughtel; a sister and brother-in-law, Ralph and Melanie (Bauer) Acton; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and life-time friends, John and Cheryl Snyder.

A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, November 4. Interment followed in Myers Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Living Church of God, 2301 Crown Centre Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina 28227. You may express condolences to the family at

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