Age 86, died Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Glacier Hills Care and Rehab Center in Ann Arbor. He was born September 19, 1936 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of George Frederick & Ruby Mae (Hadley) Bauer.
Don worked as the Brake Department Supervisor at Chelsea Proving Grounds, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ. He had been a member of Lima Township Planning Commission. Don enjoyed golf, carpentry, travel, family, friends, and cats.
On January 8, 1955, he married Leila C. Trinkle, and she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Jeanette “Jeanne” (Jef) Spencer of Manchester; a son, Donald “Donnie” Bauer, Jr. of Chelsea; adopted son, Robert “Bob” Shipman of Chelsea; a brother, Robert Bauer; a sister, Barbara (Charles) Fredette; sister-in-law Jayne Bauer; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Cole funeral Chapel Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Happy Hearts Feline Rescue, 10905 E. Pleasant Lake Rd., Manchester, MI 48158 or to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
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