Gene Raymond Bauer - 77

5/12/1941 - 7/1/2018

Stillman Valley, IL

Gene Raymond Bauer, 77, of Stillman Valley, Illinois, passed away to reunite with the love of his life, Wilma, on July 1, 2018.   Gene was born in North Dakota on May 12, 1941 the son of Raymond and Martha (Martell) Bauer where he was raised on the family farm.  He went to Bible College. Gene loved attending and serving in the church. Because of his mechanical abilities he loved working on the church buses. He worked as a mechanic at Aamco station in Rockford Illinois. Everyone knew him at the station as "Red". Gene was the best Automobile mechanic and everyone knew it!  After being a mechanic for so many years, he then worked at Rockford Products, Brynolf MFG and Elco Industries as a header operator. He loved running Headers and took a lot of pride in his work.  When he moved to Illinois he met, and instantly fell in love with his “Willie”, Wilma Gossett in Rochelle Illinois. Gene met her through friends one night and held her hand the whole way home. It was then he knew her hand would be the one he held for the rest of his life. They were married on October 20, 1962.  Gene and Wilma had three children, Penny, Roger, and Paula. They would often take their three children to Wisconsin for family trips (Wisconsin Dells) and loved taking them snowmobiling and sledding. One of Gene’s favorite trips was when he and Wilma went to Hawaii.  One of Gene’s greatest joys was being a Grandpa. He enjoyed building four-wheelers, planting trees, making tire swings, and letting them ride his lawn mower around his big yard. He would even tie a trailer up to his lawn mower and pull his grandkids and their neighborhood friends around the yard.  Gene dedicated his life to working hard in everything he did and making the best life for his wife, children, and grandchildren. Even through sick days, chemical burns, and life events, he rarely missed a day of work. When he wasn’t at work, he was always fixing something for someone or working on a car that needed maintenance.  Gene loved to take care of people. He also enjoyed the simpler things in life such as being outside, gardening, boxing, collecting guns, watching airplanes and anything to do with cars or navy ships.  Not only was Gene a very hardworking man, but he was very kind and had quite the sense of humor. He was always making jokes and witty comments. He loved choosing well thought-out gifts for his family whether it be $2 bills, jewelry, or tools. He put so much love and thought into everything he picked out.  After retirement, Gene loved to sit next to his wife, playfully bicker back and forth, watch the Chicago Bears games and Cubs games with her, and enjoy his time driving around and being outdoors.  His parents, daughter, sister-in law, and his beloved wife precede Gene in death. He is survived by his son, Roger, daughter, Paula, and five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  Wilma and Gene were taking care of, by a special friend at their home. Cristina grew very close to them and cared for them the last four years. They were very fond of her. Some of her favorite memories were listening to family stories, Christmas and Birthdays. She spent a lot of time caring for them and loved them very much.  Many of us are already missing Gene’s sense of humor, his loving, and kind personality, his jokes and laughter, and having him there every time we needed something fixed or we needed his advice. He was an amazing dad, grandpa, husband, and friend. Gene was also a loyal and hard-working man who put his family first. After losing his beloved Willie nine months earlier, he is finally with her again and will be by her side forever.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.


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