Gordon Patrick Bauer, 63, Wonder Lake, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.
He was born May 3, 1950, in East St. Louis to Urban and Dorothy (Jones) Bauer.
On Dec. 27, 1980, he married Ellen Krueger at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Antioch.
He was raised in Ringwood and later moved to Round Lake Park where he raised his family. He moved to Iron River, Mich., where he lived for many years before moving back to Wonder Lake. He was employed with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office from 1979 until 1997 and then with the Prairie Grove Police Department until retiring in 2011.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an antique tractor enthusiast who built miniature farm replicas. He was a doting grandfather, and his family was his top priority. He will be fondly remembered for his sharp wit and humor.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years; three children, Melissa (the late Russell) Marcel, Crystal Falls, Mich., Rachel (Richard) Fricker, Wonder Lake, and Edward (Jennifer) Bauer, Wonder Lake; 11 grandchildren; his mother, Dorothy Bauer, Ringwood; and two sisters, Pam (John) Chambers, Ringwood, and Sandy (James) Huff, Sharon, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Gerald; and a daughter, Krista.
The visitation and funeral were April 27 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry.
Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60601.