of Coon Rapids, died at home on January 11, 2022 with his loving wife at his side. He was 80 years old.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; sons Todd (Kellie) and Chris (Shari); grandsons Joshua and Jacob (Caitlyn), daughter-in-law Amanda Allen-Bauer; sister LaVerne Kohn; and many nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents John and Ann Bauer; parentsin-law Emil and Anita Johnson; siblings Irene Trudo, Marilyn Keiser, Christine Walberg, Eugene Bauer, Shirley Allen, James Bauer, Kenneth Bauer, Donald Bauer, Sarah Cook, Judy Slattery, Raymond Bauer, William Bauer and Carol Terzich; and his son, Jason Bauer.

John was born on February 25, 1941 to John and Ann Bauer of Hibbing, MN. He joined the Army in 1958 and traveled to Germany with the 5th Army 522nd QM Company. Upon returning home in 1961, he met Betty and the two were married in 1963.

Todd was born in 1964, followed by Chris in 1968 and Jason in 1973.

John worked for most of his life in construction, initially as a concrete laborer and later in varied positions with just about every ready-mix company in the Twin Cities. When he retired in 2007, he was in sales with Cemstone. After retirement, John went to work for Majestic Oaks as a golf ranger, where he happily golfed up to five times each week.

John was very involved in his community.

He spent many years coaching youth hockey, was active in the building of Fogerty Ice Arena in 1982, and spent over 35 years on the arena’s board of directors. John was an instrumental part of the team that brought curling to Blaine, adding a six-sheet dedicated curling facility to the arena in 2013. He could often be found at the Four Seasons Curling Club, both as a volunteer teaching Learn-to-Curl sessions and competing in league play.

John also served on the Blaine City Council.

John enjoyed life to the fullest. He always greeted everyone with a smile and had an ability to find the silver lining in almost any situation (although if you ever argued with him about politics, you may have seen firsthand why his legislative career was brief!) He was never happier than when he was surrounded by his family, whether on a cruise ship with a beer in his hand, at the annual reunion, or around the Christmas tree. Life will be a little less interesting without John around, and he will be missed by many.

The Bauer family would like to thank Amy, Kathy, Erin and Judy from Allina Hospice for making John’s long transition a comfortable, compassionate experience. A memorial service will be held in the spring; details will be shared via CaringBridge and Facebook at that time.