Charles Bauer

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Charles R. “Buddy” Bauer, 80, of Smithton, IL, born June 6, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, August 3, 2018, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Charles was a retiree of Laborers Local 459.  He was a former City of Smithton Alderman and a member of the Smithton Commercial Club and the American Legion Gem Post 937.  Charles was a United States Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Margquerite, nee Cavins, Bauer, and two sisters, Betty Melvin and Patricia Craig.

Surviving are his wife of almost 61 years, Ruth Ann Bauer, nee Mueller, whom he married on December 7, 1957;
two brothers, Robert (Lori) Bauer of Freeburg, IL, and Tommy Joe Bauer of Tilden, IL;
nieces and nephews, Ellie Borg, Bobby (Terri) Bauer, Shannon Bauer, Ross (Lena) Bauer, Clay (Amy) Asbridge, and Danette Asbridge Johnson;
and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the Smithton City Park in memory of Buddy. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dwayne Dollgener officiating.

Burial will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.


3 Comments on Charles Bauer

Brigid Dixon said : Guest Report Aug 06, 2018 at 2:05 AM

Annie- Very sorry for your loss. Buddy was a great man that will be missed by many. It won’t be the same without him. Prayers. Brigid Dixon

  • San Jose
  • CA
Geoff Schmidt said : Guest Report Aug 05, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Buddy was a good friend and and a fierce competitor on a pool table. I will miss him greatly.

  • Belleville
  • IL
dawn baker said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Annie, I am so sorry to hear about Buddy, what a wonderful man he was. I always admired your love and devotion to each other. Such a great inspiration to the Smithton community. I enjoyed being your neighbor and having my children Hannah and Zach learn what it was like to have such influential people in our lives. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.

  • marissa
  • IL

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