Virgil G. Bauer 1921 - 2013 Highland
Virgil G. Bauer, 92, of Highland, died Wednesday evening, December 4, 2013, at Hiawatha Community Hospital.
Virgil Gene Bauer was born August 19, 1921, in Highland, KS, the 15th of 15 children born to William Frederick and Flora Belle Bauer.
He graduated from Highland Community College and attended KU. In December 1941, Virgil enlisted in the military and served 18 months in the Aleutian Islands, attaining the rank of Sergeant. At the close of the war, he was Honorably discharged and returned to Highland, where he worked in the Ukena Hardware Store until opening Bauer Grocery. Upon the sale of the grocery store in 1956, Virgil worked for Dannen Mills, Nixon Feeds and Central Soya. In addition, he formed Bauer Real Estate in Highland.
Virgil was very active in civic affairs including Highland Community College Endowment Board and the Highland Cemetery Board. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Virgil was a lifelong member of Highland Christian Church where he also served as the Chairman of the Board of Elders.
On Valentine’s Day, 1943, he married Marjorie Lou Ukena. She survives at the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister and thirteen other brothers and sisters. In addition to his wife of seventy years, he is survived by four children, Becky (Larry) Peterson of Toronto, Canada; Gene (Judy) Bauer of Lawrence Kansas; Neal (Heather) Bauer of Las Vegas Nevada; and Ellen (Tom) Simpson of St. Joseph, Missouri. Grandchildren: Jason and Phillip Simpson, Erik and Emily Peterson, Caroline and Boone Bauer, Alex, Katalin, Will, Jack and Harry Bauer, and Mathew Gellner and three great-grand children Chase, Zeke and Greely Simpson.
A celebration of Virgil’s life, will be held at Highland Christian Church, Highland, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. Monday December 9. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, with military honors a courtesy of Brown County Veterans Honor Guard.
Friends may call at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Highland after 12 noon Sunday and where the family will visit from 2 until 4 that afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Highland Christian Church, Highland Cemetery Association, or Highland Community College and may be sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 33, Highland 66035.
A special message may be sent to the family at www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com