Richard Bauer

Bauer, Richard (Rich) Warren   died on June 30 at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.   He was 83.Bauer, Richard V18-50

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years, Catherine (King) and his parents.

He is survived by his two daughters, Debra Kelleher (and Jack of West Dundee, IL) and Donna Richards (and Don of Ortonville, MI) as well as his three grandchildren:  Danielle and Dawson Richards and Conor Kelleher. 

Richard is also survived by two siblings:   sister, Eleanor (and the late Don Sweatman, of Staten Island, NY) and brother, Bob (and Celaine Bauer of Miami, FL).  

Richard was born in Staten Island, NY on March 17, 1935 to Joseph and Theresa Bauer.    He attended Staten Island College before starting his career as a diemaker for Singer Sewing Machine.     In 1976, the family relocated to Michigan, where he worked in the automobile industry for the Ford Motor Company and later, DuPont.

Richard also served in the military during the Korean Conflict.

Richard lived a full life, focused on family, work and travel.   In addition, he loved his second, winter home in San Carlos, Mexico, spending some time (and money) gambling in casinos, eating anything chocolate, and enjoying his cat, Tiggy.

Richard’s cremation has taken place. His final resting place will be in Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia, MI, next to his Catherine.   Plans for celebrations of his life in both Michigan and Staten Island, NY, are pending.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name can be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Village Funeral Home, Ortonville.  To send a condolence to the family go to

One Response to "Richard Bauer"

  1. Linda   August 9, 2018 at 10:59 am

    As Rich’s cherished fiancee and lady love of the last 18 years of his life, the sorrow that I feel in my loss has been transformed into the rich memories of our shared life.

    After RVing across the U.S. we settled in the Mexican beach community of San Carlos, where we enjoyed numerous friends, fresh seafood, dancing, golf, clamming and walks along the beach. A very good life!

    Our shared life was further enriched by our travels, opening a whole new world for us.

    His joy in——–

    THAILAND: trekking thru the jungle on elephant back, drifting down rivers on bamboo rafts.

    AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND: sailing in Sydney Harbour during America Cups try outs, snorkeling hand-in-hand over the Great Barrier Reef on New Year’s Day, where we became engaged, playing the didgeridoo ,camping in the Outback, hiking glaciers.

    CHINA: Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, the Great Wall, pagodas, Terra Cotta Warriors, Tibet and many miles down the Yangze River.

    PERU: cruising the Amazon for over a week where he became a much sought-out “star” among the indigenous people because of his rarely seen beard, bald head and white hair.

    A great sadness in Rich’s life during our 18 years together, was his daughters’ limited view of his love, that in his big heart there should be only room for them.
    My family lovingly embraced Rich, becoming very much a part of it. After our many family events and gatherings, he would frequently tell me how much it meant to him that I did not smoke or drink to excess.

    I would have to value Debbie and her opinion for her juvenile texts to have any meaning, sent a mere week after her honored father’s death.
    Even though Donna is the younger daughter,Rich and I noted and appreciated her more mature actions thru the years.

    Rich and I did truly light up each others life. No light that is born of love, can be extinguished. Linda


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