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Robert “Bob” Bauer

Robert W. (Bob) Bauer, 10-1-1938, age 78, passed away January 25, 2017.

A celebration of life was held Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge of Eureka, on Herrick Road.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Humboldt or a charity of your choice. Please sign the guestbook at

Bob was born in San Francisco. He grew up in San Bruno, graduating from Cap High School and San Mateo Junior College.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving two years active duty and four years in the reserves. He was stationed on the coast Guard cutter Avoyel at Fields Landing. After the service, he returned to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science.

After graduation, he moved to Eureka and married his sweetheart Kay. He then moved to Arcata, where he finished his apprenticeship. For 27 years, Bob was affiliated with Sanders Funeral Home.

In 1989, he went to work for the Federal Government, Dept. of the Air Force. He was sent to Great Britain to Lakenheath Air Force Base for two years. He then went to Ramstein AFB in Germany for three years.

After that tour, he came back to the U.S. and worked at the Dover Port Mortuary in Dover, Delaware for ten years. After retiring in 2003, Bob and Kay moved to Kingsley, Iowa for four years. In 2007, they returned to their home in Eureka.

Bob was a 56-year member of the Humboldt Harmonies. He served as President, Secretary and Treasurer over the years. He also sang in a quartet: “The Outstanding Bills.” While living in England, he joined the Barbershop Groups in Norwich. He also sang in Dover, Delaware and Sioux City, Iowa.

Bob was also a member of the Sempervirens Masonic Lodge #552. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and a past member of the Shriners. While living in England, Bob joined the Masonic Lodge, and he very much enjoyed the fellowship. Bob was a past member and past president of the Southwest Rotary Club of Eureka.

Bob was a friendly, smiling man.

He has left behind his loving family: his wife, Kay; his daughters, Susan Hill of Middletown and Sharon (Ken) Richardson of Ferndale; his sons, Ty and Todd Bauer of Eureka; his grandchildren: Kya (Jeremy) Etsey of Prior Lake, Minnesota and Sarah, Andrew, and Justin Richardson of Ferndale; his step-sister, Esther McCain of Dubuque, Iowa; and his special cousin, Betty (Walt) Rickett of Kingsley, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his step-mother, his father and his son.

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