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Father Roy Bauer

Father Roy Bauer

Father Roy Bauer, 83, priest and long time pastor of St. Peter's Church in Quincy, went to his eternal home in heaven at 10:12 PM on Friday April 21, 2017 in Blessing Hospital.

Father Roy was born in Quincy on March 27, 1934, the son of Albert and Irene (Hummel) Bauer. As a child, he attended St Francis Grade School.

At age 13, he felt the calling to become a priest, and left to attend St Henry Preparatory Seminary in Belleville, Illinois, where he spent his high school years. After high school he spent two years studying at the Diocesan Latin School in Old Berlin. Then he completed his education with six years of theology at St Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelien.

As a newly ordained priest he first served as a parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield then continued the same ministry at St Thomas Church in Decatur, then four years later at St Anthony
Church in Effingham. After that he was appointed pastor at St Norbert's Church in Hardin and at the same time served as pastor to three other parishes in Calhoun County at the same time. St Anselm in Kampsville, St Michael's in Michael, and St Agnes in Bellview.

His final assignment before retirement was coming back home to Quincy in 1985 as the pastor of St Peter's Church, where he stayed for about twenty years.

In the bicentennial year of 1976, Father Roy put together a trip to Washington DC for eighth grade students in Calhoun County. These trips were known to be a great learning experience. After being transferred to Quincy, he continued the trips with the St. Peter's eighth grade class. He had continued to make the trip for 40 years. The adult chaperones on the trip were often as impressed as the students with the knowledge they gained with him as their guide. He made an impact on the lives of around 2000 people that enjoyed this trip with him.
Father Roy was quite a historian, and has put together many records of the history of the Springfield Diocese, and the Catholic Church in the Quincy area.

After retirement he continued to work. He was a chaplain on cruise ships, and he also helped cover other priests when they were away from their parish. He taught religion classes, and he continued to research and write about the local Catholic history. He was quite involved in finding facts to promote the canonization of Father Gus Tolton, the first black priest in the United States, ordained in 1886, who was a priest at St Peters and is buried in Quincy. One book written by Father Bauer was "They called him Father Gus", the story of Father Tolton's life.
Father Roy was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Milt Bauer along with his wife Ruth, and one sister, Rita Hull.

Father is survived by one brother, Leo (Mary) Bauer of Fowler. He is also survived by nephews and nieces, Dan Bauer, Jim (Margaret) Bauer, Paul Bauer, Terry (Becky) Bauer, Dave(Patty) Bauer, Kathy (Steve)Boll, Pat (Ross) Glidewell, Karen Bauer, Cindy Cobb, Chris Hull, and Jennifer (Tod) Cunningham, all of Quincy. Also Suzi ( Dominic ) Lacich, Columbus Ohio, Zack (Chantelle)Hull, Odessa Missouri and Tom Hull, Austin Texas. Also many great nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Church of St. Peter. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Church of St. Peter. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, Masses are requested. The Mass Stipends will be given to retired priests and priests serving in the mission fields. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From:
Terry Bauer
Quincy, IL
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Uncle Roy will be missed by the whole family and we know he is still watching over us from heaven.
From:
Terri Lehr
Hull, IL
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Truly a wonderfully gifted, devoted man of God. He will be missed in so many ways by countless people! No words can really express the loss I feel with his passing. I worked for Fr. B at St. Peter for many years. My sincere heartfelt condolances to his family. God be with you.
From:
Mike & Barb Hutmacher
the Villages, FL
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He was an inspiration to so many. A dedicated "instrument" of his Maker for many years, he has reached his heavenly reward. We are sure that the good Lord has already told him, "Well done, My son!" Thanks, Fr. Bauer!
From:
Joe McIntee
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Fr. B was an inspiration and a true friend all the years I knew him. I am honoured to have been taught by such a wonderful and insightful person.

Rest in peace old friend.
From:
Jeff & Joanne (Powers) Bergman
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
From:
Rodney & Carol Hoffman
Quincy, IL
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Karen and family,
We were saddened to hear of your loss. We know the thoughts and prayers of many are with you.
From:
Leanna Williams
Raymond, IL
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Father Bauer was our pastor at St. Norberts in Calhoun. He was deeply missed when he left for Quincy, but was always in our hearts.
From:
Christy Woodward
Quincy, IL
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The Chaplaincy office at Blessing Hospital sends our heartfelt condolences. Fr. Bauer was a gentle soul, and was so caring and kind to visit his flock till the very end. He will be missed by all.
From:
Deborah Kinne-Powell
Quincy, IL
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Rest in peace Father Bauer. May God grant peace and comfort to Father Bauer's family and friends during their time of sorrow. He will be missed
From:
Richard Marten
Woodridge, IL
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I am a former student of Fr. Bauer's from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Decatur. Fr. Bauer was such a wonderful teacher with a dynamic style that got through to us sixth graders back in the 60's. He did so much to form the youth and pass on the Catholic faith. Truly an unforgettable figure in my life.