Joseph Gene Bauer was born on August 3, 1964 in Mahnomen, Minnesota to parents Al and Carol (Jappe) Bauer. He moved with his family to their farm near Erskine in 1970. It was during his early years that he started to learn about farming from his dad and help on the family farm. He graduated from Erskine High School in 1983. During his high school years, Joey enjoyed playing football where his classmates gave him the nickname "Runt". He and his friends from school enjoyed duck and goose hunting any chance they could get. Times spent with his classmates and his Senior trip to Florida were highlights of his high school years. After high school, Tyler was born out of a relationship between Diana Westcott and Joey.Joey was married to Lana Croaker on June 25, 1988 and together they had two children, Logan and Emily. He continued farming with his dad, and then also with his two boys. Later in life he met his significant other, Robin Andres. Robin and Joey resided in their home on Little Lake Sarah. They enjoyed several trips to Cancun, the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.Farming was in Joey's blood from early on. He and his dad were the perfect partners and had the added enjoyment of being father and son. In addition to farming with his dad, he was blessed to have passed on that same love of farming to his boys which they later on joined the Bauer Farms partnership.Joey enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his boys, grandsons and his buddies. He took several trips Elk hunting his buddies to Montana, Colorado, and Idaho. He also took a once-in-a-lifetime Salmon fishing trip with his buddies to Alaska, along with countless annual fishing trips with his classmates.Most of all, Joey loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren, Gage and Bailey, Hunter and Collin, and his inherited grandchildren, Jace and Kade. Joey's infectious laugh would light up any room that he was in. He will be lovingly remembered and truly missed.Joey passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at his home with his family by his side after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 55 years.He is survived by his parents, Al Bauer (Marcy Wessman) and Carol Bauer, all of Erskine; his significant other, Robin Andres of Erskine along with her son, Josh, of Montana; one daughter, Emily Bauer (Dave Razink) of Moorhead, MN; two sons, Tyler Westcott (Michelle Brinkman), and Logan Bauer (Nikki Nelson), all of Erskine; grandchildren, Hunter and Collin Wescott, Gage and Bailey Bauer, and Jace and Kade Razink; two sisters, Julie Bauer (David Luedke) and Deb (Larry) Hoaglund; and brother, Mike Bauer, all of Erskine. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins; and his beloved dog and companion, "Bosco".He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Ruth Bauer and Chet and Murriel Jappe; and his two cousins, Thomas Bauer and Nick Lerfald.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
16180 336th St. SE Mentor 56736, United States