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October 6, 1932 — September 16, 2018

John Bauer was born on October 6, 1932 in Wilkie, SK to parents John and Gisela (neé Bader) Bauer. He was one of 14 brothers and sisters. In 1954, at only 21 years old, John moved to Rosetown, SK where he managed a CO-OP Lumber yard. He married Joan Marchand in 1958. John and Joan had five children. In 1967, John moved his family to Outlook, SK for a few months before settling in St. Brieux, SK where he accepted a position managing a CO-OP General store. In 1973, John and Joan partnered with friends Doug and Laura Lustig to purchase an IGA Grocery store in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK. After 38 years in Fort Qu’Appelle, John and Joan retired to Kelowna, BC in 2011.
Despite having multiple sclerosis since 1963, John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed small town living, hunting, fishing, and camping. John was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses and properties in Fort Qu’Appelle. He loved gardening, was a shark on the pool table, and a menacing cribbage player. His quiet, gentle demeanour and dry sense of humour was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
John is survived by his loving wife Joan (neé Marchand) of 60 years, his children: Sandra (Paul Garret), Greg (Lynda), Rhonda (Dirk) Jongkind, and Stephen (Raelyn); nine grandchildren: Christopher, Nicholas, Shawn, Nicole, Jenna, Tyrel, Sarah, Scott, and Elise; two great grandchildren: Alexander and Livia; and his siblings: Raymond (Laurraine), Frank (Donna), Jim (Bev), Wayne (Linda, Doreen, June (Mel) and Yvonne. He is preceded in death by his baby daughter Janice, his parents John and Gisela Bauer and his siblings: Mary, Helen, Loretta, Eva, Rose and Isabelle.
John died in hospital on September 16, 2018 in Kelowna, BC due to complications following cancer surgery.
A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna BC. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John’s life.
He will be buried on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Westbank Cemetery, 3717 Elliott Rd., Westbank BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in John’s behalf to the MS Society of Canada. www.mssociety.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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Memorial donations can be made in John’s behalf to the MS Society of Canada


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The service for BAUER, John is scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Mary Yee says:

    My sincerest condolences to Joan, Sandra, Greg, Rhonda, Stephen and their families. John was a great man! I have so many fond memories of him but most of all I remember and will cherish how I felt in his presence. I liked his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. He will be missed. Thinking of you all and sending my love,

  • Kerri Sawka says:

    Thinking of you guys and sending a our heart felt condolences to you at this difficult time.

  • Frank and Donna Bauer says:

    Our hearts go out to John’s entire family. John was truly a gentle soul and will be sorely missed.

  • Michele Huntington says:

    My thoughts are with you all at this time and my deepest sympathy for your great loss, love and hugs

  • Joan Walter says:

    Dear Joan, I heard the sad news this morning.
    I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the good and beautiful memories of the past bring comfort to you in the future.
    sincerely Joan.

  • Jan Blower says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Joan. Dan told us today at Sing For Your Life. Losing a loved one is never easy & hope you find comfort in knowing John is at peace.
    We missed you today at singing and hope you will be returning as soon as you feel comfortable.
    Take care & eventually enjoy the many wonderful memories that I’m sure you must have after reading what a wonderful man John was.
    A singing friend, Jan

  • Nick & Doreen Medwid says:

    Our condolences go out to you Joan & your family. You will be in our thoughts & prayers. Love & God Bless. Nick & Doreen

  • I lla Davies says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I wish I was closer to give you a hug. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family

  • Darlene Oudot says:

    heartfelt condolences to Joan and family on the passing of a special husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor.. So many wonderful memories to bring you comfort in the times ahead; Rest in Peace John.
    Hugs to all…

  • Linda Sturgeon says:

    I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. I know what a difficult time this is. Take comfort in you family and all those granchildren!

  • Brenda Bird says:

    Condolences and Prayers to you all.

  • Al Thurstan says:

    John was a great longtime buddy of mine. Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Bob Thurstan says:

    John and his family have been around my entire life. Very fond memories. He was a great man that will be missed, so glad I got to visit him this spring. Huge Hugs for the entire family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ❤️

  • Joyce Olson says:

    My heart goes out to you and the family Joan . But many good memories live on !

  • Theresa’s Regel says:

    Sincere condolences to the Bauer Family. Always enjoyed shopping in their grocery store! Thereasa Regel (Ross) and Georgina Regel

  • Scott McKee says:

    Dear Joan, I was sorry to hear of John’s passing. I will be out of town Sunday and cannot make it to the service, but I will be remembering John and his loved ones in my prayers. God bless.

  • Scott McKee says:

    Dear Joan, I was very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Although I did not know him well he impressed me as a dear and pleasant soul. I will be remembering him and his loved ones in my prayers. May God bless him on his journey home.

  • Judy, Kelly and Josie Holt says:

    Condolences to you all. It’s so hard to find the right words when you are hurting so much. Uncle John was a gentle soul who will forever be in our hearts. We hold you tight and are thinking of you during this difficult time. He will always be remembered. Love and hugs to you all.

  • Dorothy Chickowski says:

    Dear Joan and family My sympathy to you for your great loss of a dear husband,father,grandpa,and great grandpa.I know you have many fond memories to hold and cherish! Thinking of you often! My love and prayers.

  • Lylia Fuller says:

    Dear Joan, my deepest condolences in your loss. John was such a gentle soul. My sympathies to you and all your family.

  • Darlene A. Oudot says:

    heartfelt condolences to Joan and family on the passing of John…remembering your togetherness Joan through the years and your cherished family…

  • Darlene A. Oudot says:

    a second special memory…

  • Don Regel says:

    Sorry for your loss My condolences’ to the whole Family

  • Michelle Johns says:

    So sorry for your loss Joan and family. I know you have many happy memories to treasure.

  • Joan and Roger Egger says:

    Fifty years of memories flood our minds, Joan, Sandra, Greg, Steven and Families. Our hearts are breaking with the loss of your beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Let all the wonderful memories you have of this exceptional man help to ease the pain of your loss. We will always remember his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. May he rest in eternal peace. Love and sympathy from Joan and Roger.

  • Joan and Roger says:

    Dear Rhonda. I must apologize for omitting your name in the above message of condolence. Our sentiments go out to you as well. Please know that we have very special memories of you. We feel your loss and send love and sympathy. Joan and Roger.

  • Lorna Bauer says:

    To Joan and family,
    It is very sad to hear the news of John’s passing. We know what a strong man, good father, brother, husband, grandfather and friend he was and his strength and character will be missed greatly by all that knew him. We pray that time will offer some healing and that your cherished memories of him will be strong in your heart to help you through this grief.
    our thoughts are with you. Sincerely,
    Rick, Lorna and Naomi Bauer

  • Dan summers says:

    So sorry to hear if your loss Joan I know your faith will see you through this. Dan and Nancy Summers

  • Judy Moreside (nee Paquette) says:

    To Joan and family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. May the special memories in your heart help to heal the grief you feel today.

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