Robert Walter Bauchman

May 14, 1920January 6, 2013

Robert “Bob” Bauchman died in Las Vegas, NV on January 6, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Idaho Falls on May 14, 1920, the first of 3 children born to Walter and Marie Donahue Bauchman. He attended Holy Rosary elementary school, OE Bell Jr. High and Idaho Falls High School. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1942 and attended graduate school at the University of California in Berkeley, California after serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II. He married, Alice Amann, in Washington DC in June 1946 and later moved back to Idaho Falls in 1947 to take over his father’s business, the Idaho Falls Electric Company. He started Bonneville Construction Company installing telephone and power lines throughout the US, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. He was also the president and a founding partner establishing Upper Valley Cable TV/Cable One in Idaho Falls in the 1960’s. He was president of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Electrical Contractors Association. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Bob was an accomplished musician in the high school band and orchestra as well as the University of Notre Dame band. He was one of first members of the Idaho Falls Symphony when it was organized. Bob loved Idaho and had many, lifelong friends with whom he enjoyed fishing and hunting. After returning to Idaho to raise his family, Bob acquired a cabin in Mack’s Inn, Idaho where he and his family spent major part of their free time. He leaves behind an unusually large number of really good friends and one large, loving family who will honor his memory for years to come. Survivors include his wife, Alice Bauchman of Las Vegas, NV; four sons, John (Patricia) Bauchman of Big Sky, MT, Robert (Maureen) Bauchman, Jr. of Vero Beach, FL, and James (Susan) Bauchman of Las Vegas, NV; Steve (Lyndella) Bauchman of Challis, ID; three daughters, Dianne (Jack) Robison of Pocatello, ID, Nancy (Bob Koehler) Bauchman of Kirkland, WA, and Mary Alice (Scott) Nielson of Las Vegas, NV; fifteen grandchildren, Laurie delaSalle, Julie Elmo, Robert J. Bauchman, Christopher Bauchman, Stephen Bauchman, Kristina Henn, Brian Bauchman, Julie Bauchman, Alicia Webster, Geoffrey Bauchman, Michael Bauchman, Thomas Robison, Alysia Nielson, Nicholas Nielson and Caroline Nielson; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Walter “Bud” Bauchman, a sister Ann Marie Mitchell and grandchild Michael Robison. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, at the corner of 9th and Lee in Idaho Falls, with Father Raul Covarrubias, celebrant. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls with Military Rites are under the direction of the Bonneville Veterans Team. A rosary for friends and family will be recited from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a viewing form 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Buck funeral Home 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls. In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorials be given to Holy Rosary School or the Little Chapel in the Pines, P.O. box 274 Mack’s Inn, ID 83433.


  • Rosary Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Viewing Friday, January 11, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2013

Robert Walter Bauchman

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Pat Pitcher

January 31, 2013

Dear Mrs. Bauchman and everyone--am so sorry to hear about Mr. Bauchman's death. A good man and a very nice man. My prayers for you all and him. God bless. Pat (Fonnesbeck)

January 30, 2013

A wondeful man, surely to be missed by all. will keep him in our prayers along with Bob,Jr and Maureen.
Greg & Suzan Nobis

Terri Bybee Shoen

January 17, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I know my Dad (Bob Bybee)spoke of him often and has many fond memories of the early days in Idaho Falls.

January 16, 2013

Hi Diana - Been a long time. Was sorry to read about your dad's passing. Please accept my condolences and let me know if you plan to come to Las Vegas (702-241-2299 cell).

Henry Soloway

January 14, 2013

Alice, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. May your memories bring comfort and peace.
George and Bernadette (Steinke) Lohse

Peggy Thompson and Jim Small

January 12, 2013

Alice and family, it was with great sadness that we learned of Bob's passing. But we fell blessed to have known him. He was a great father, husband and friend. He will be greatly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jack Donahue

January 12, 2013

Bob and the entire Bauchman Clan are in the prayers of their Notre Dame family in Las Vegas. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam...may his soul be at the right hand of God.

Bill and Jeanne Rigby

January 11, 2013

Sorry we are unable to attend your services, we'll send a memorial to the Macks Inn Chapple in the Pines in his memory. Please give our best to Alice and the entire Bauchman Family.

Tom Jewell, Sr

January 11, 2013

Island Park has lost a 'treasure'....My thoughts are with ALL of you during this time of sorrow.

Tom & Marilyn Eykyn

January 11, 2013

We will always remember Bob as a very gracious man. How he welcomed us all with open arms at the family reunion at Mack's Inn. Just as God will be welcoming Bob with open arms in heaven.

Love always Tom and Marilyn Eykyn