Donald Bauer

October 12, 1944 - September 6, 2020

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On Sunday, September 6, 2020, Donald (Don) Crain Bauer, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 75.

Don was born on October 12, 1944 in Springfield, Ohio to Bill and Louise Bauer. He was a graduate of Urbana High School and Iowa State University where he majored in agricultural business. Don was a sales manager for DeKalb Ag Research and Morton Buildings before returning to Hearthstone Farm where he grew up and founding Bauer Stoves and Fireplaces with his wife Jane in 1976 where he worked until his death. On August 12, 1967, he married Jane Evans and they raised two children, Chuck and Heather.

Don had a passion for meeting new people, Champaign County, community projects, sports cars, wooden boats, trains, tractors, fire trucks, horses, cattle, living on Hearthstone Farm and spending time with his family and friends. He was known as an active community leader, a bit of a showman, and was always looking for his next project to work on. He had a wonderful laugh and sense of humor.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Bill, brother, Rod, and mother Louise.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, his children Chuck (Kerry) and Heather (Gary), his brother, Andy, his grandsons Will and Charlie and several cousins and nieces. A private funeral service will be held graveside for immediate family.

A celebration of life event will be at Hearthstone Farm at a date and time to be determined later. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Champaign County Rotary Club at P.O. Box 660, Urbana, Ohio 43078 to benefit Freedom Grove Park that Don was instrumental in founding.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.


Sandy & John Tapp - Sep 14, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Your family is our prayers. RB and DC have alot of catching up to do. He will be missed.
Rita Lookabaugh - Sep 10, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your loss, he will be forever in your heart.
Leah Frank, owner of The County Classifieds - Sep 10, 2020
What a wonderful person Don Bauer was. He will be missed dearly. He was not only our valued customer, he was our friend. Prayers & love go out to the Bauer family.
Scot Lade - Sep 10, 2020
Don was a giant among men and he will be missed by so many!!!
Lucy Millman - Sep 9, 2020
A huge loss for all - we had so many good times together. I’m so grateful for wonderful memories.
Jean Hurst - Sep 9, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Don passing. Many years ago we bought one of the stoves, always enjoyed many of the August parties they had, the family was always so nice. Prayers for the family.
MIchelle Sanders - Sep 8, 2020
On behalf of our family, you have our deepest sympathy. Don undoubtedly will be missed.

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