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Joseph Marvin Bauer

October 22, 1950 — March 9, 2021

Joseph Marvin Bauer, the son of Melvin and Marion (Eischeid) Bauer, was born October 22, 1950, at the St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa and died March 9, 2021, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, Iowa at the age of 70 years, 4 months, and 18 days.

Joseph was baptized on October 27, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willey, Iowa and was confirmed on April 13, 1964, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River, Iowa. He attended Catholic School in Willey and Maple River and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School with the Class of 1969. On October 1, 1969, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his tour of duty he served overseas in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on September 29, 1972.

On June 23, 1973, he was united in marriage to Peggy Weeks at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dedham, Iowa. Together they were blessed with five children: Dan, Margie, Melanie, Michael and Mary. They made their home in Manning, Iowa where he farmed for 4 years before moving to Audubon in 1983. In 1976, he joined the Iowa National Guard where he served our country again for over 26 years. He worked at various agriculture jobs in the Carroll and Audubon County area for several years. In 2005, he became employed at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in the maintenance department until he retired in December of 2017.

Joseph was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Audubon, Iowa. He was a member of the Dedham American Legion, a former member of the Manning V.F.W. and currently the Audubon V.F.W. Joseph was an avid coin collector and enjoyed raising cattle and going hunting. You could often find him listening to his favorite 50’s and 60’s music in his spare time. Most of all he loved to watch his grandchildren in all their sporting events.

Preceding him in death is his parents; his father-in-law, Harold Weeks; and his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law: Dave Meiners, Michael and wife Debbie Weeks, Steve Weeks and Rusty Weeks.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Bauer of Audubon, Iowa; his children: Dan Qualters of Bellevue, Nebraska, Margie and husband Craig Gruhn of Manning, Iowa, Melanie and husband Jason Klein of Manning, Michael Bauer of Audubon, and Mary and husband Cole Turnbull of Ankeny, Iowa; his grandchildren: Emily Qualters, Chance and Hayden McLaughlin, Joe and Jaxson Klein, and Charley Turnbull; his brother and sisters: Joyce Meiners of Carroll, Iowa, Denise and husband Joe Berkes of Carroll, and Dale and wife Jane Bauer of Willey, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Weeks of Ankeny; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Angie Weeks and significant other Lamont Coon both of Des Moines, Iowa, Terry and wife Jodie Weeks of Ankeny, Amy and husband Ty Thiel of Granger, Iowa, Janet Weeks of Carroll and Linda Weeks of Manilla, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 15, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Audubon with Father David Nkrumah officiating. A private family interment will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa at a later date. The family will greet friends on Sunday, March 14, 2021, from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. with a rosary held at 6:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Casket bearers will be Gary Riesgaard, Lisa Rosenbeck, Dale Willenborg, Keith Misselhorn, Danny Wittrock, Keith Leiting, Leon Hackfort and Bill Gross. Honorary casket bearers will be Emily Qualters, Chance McLaughlin, Hayden McLaughlin, Joe Klein, Jaxson Klein and Charley Turnbull.

Joseph’s service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page at KESSLER FUNERAL HOMES INC. To get to our Facebook page, log into your Facebook account (you will need one to view the service), search for and navigate to the KESSLER FUNERAL HOMES INC. Facebook page and at the time the service goes live, it will populate in our timeline. You may also scroll to the bottom of our homepage at page and click the Facebook logo to be taken directly to our page. If you experience difficulties viewing the broadcast at the time of the service, the recording will remain on our Facebook page for additional viewing opportunities.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Kessler Funeral Homes, Inc. - Audubon

515 South Division Street, Audubon, IA 50025

The family will greet friends on Sunday, March 14th from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. with a rosary held at 6:00 P.M. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

116 East Division Street, Audubon, IA 50025

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