Ivan Elmo Bauer


(July 8, 2006)

Memorial services for Ivan Elmo Bauer, 88, who died Saturday, July 8 at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, will be Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Military services at graveside will accompany burial of cremains following the service.

He was born June 15, 1918, in Henick, Ill., a twin to sister Cleo. He was schooled in West Plains, Mo.

He married Lilly Higgins Feb. 13, 1943, in Billings, Mont. She died in 1973. He joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and served until 1946 in the Asia-Pacific Theater of World War II.

He married Neva Adamson on Dec. 1, 1974, in Laramie. She died in 1996.

Ivan came to Powell in 1920 where his father worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for nine years. The family moved back to Missouri in 1928. Ivan and his brother, Victor, returned to Powell in 1934.

He and his brother worked for several area farmers. In 1948, he bought his own place, building his own home, and farmed until the 1960s when his health forced him to lease the place out.

In 1970, he went to work for Earl LeBlanc Construction for the next 10 years until he retired in 1962. When they built the now County Annex building, Earl turned Ivan loose on the stairs. He was very proud of them, as he was of several beautiful kitchen cabinets, especially the knotty pine ones for Dave and Diane Bonner’s home.

He loved cooking, candymaking, dancing, playing cards and gardening. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors are daughters Sherry Thompson of Byron and Irene Everett (Jerry) of Livingston, Mont.; brothers-in-law, Wilbur Higgins of Powell and Robert Higgins of Grove, Okla.; six grandsons, one great-granddaughter, four great grandsons and four great-great grandchildren; a stepson, Myron Adamson of Powell and two step-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.