Kenneth J. Bauer

January 20, 1947November 16, 2020

Kenneth John Bauer, 73, of San Benito, Texas passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on November 16, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Harlingen, Texas to parents Arthur Joseph Bauer and Laura Wolf Bauer and was a lifelong member of the farming community in La Feria, Texas.

After graduating high school at St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Texas, Kenneth attended and graduated from Texas A & I University in Kingsville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He then returned to the family farm to continue farming until his retirement in 2009. Farming, family and friends were his life. He liked anything that was John Deere green and yellow. He worked hard and long hours to ensure that the farm was productive and provided a successful life for his family. He could fix anything as he was quite the mechanic. He would often be seen traveling by foot on his land hoeing weeds or spraying weed killer to ensure his crops were impeccable. After his retirement, he met with family and friends daily at coffee shops, restaurants or the cotton gin offices. He was a stranger to no one and often would strike up a conversation with whomever was near him. Kenneth was also an avid toy tractor collector, and his collection amazes everyone, especially his grandchildren.

Kenneth was a kind and loving husband to his wife, Vivian Keller Bauer for 41 years and a dedicated father to his daughter, Kathryn and his son, Warren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Laura Bauer. He is survived by his wife, Vivian, his daughter Kathryn Lind and son-in-law Jason Lind (Cypress, TX), his son Warren Bauer and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Minto-Bauer (San Benito), and four grandchildren: Mason Bauer, Owen Lind, Kayleigh Lind and Bennett Bauer. He was looking forward to the arrival of his fifth grandchild into the family in early February 2021. He is also survived by his only brother, Charles (Chuck) Bauer and sister-in-law Vickie Bauer as well as his nephews Scott, Matthew and Keith Bauer. He leaves behind numerous extended family members and friends.

Due to COVID-19, the family is planning a celebration of his life in 2021. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that donations be made to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, PO Box 6251, McAllen, TX 78502 or a charity of choice.



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Casey Keller

November 21, 2020

Bauer family, I pray for a comfort that only God can provide during a hard time like this. I loved Uncle Kenny and I know he will be missed by all who knew him. He was patient with us as kids and I remember him one time letting us jump into a trailer full of harvested cotton, which I thought was so cool! As I got older and older he always seemed to look the same to me and I wanted to know his secret for a youthful look- which I kidded with him about. I remember him as happy and joyful in my encounters over the years. I’m grateful to have known him.

Patricia Portales

November 21, 2020

Mrs. Bauer,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family.


Lindsey and Carol Wolf

November 20, 2020

Our memories of Kenny really go back to when we were all very young and newly married. The four of us used to hang out, play cards and have such fun times together. Kenny and Vivian are our son's godparents, and we have been life long friends as well as cousins. We remained close and watched our children grow up together. After we moved from the Valley, no trip back was complete without going out to dinner with Kenny and Viv. We have such love and fond memories of his sense of humor, straight talk, and how we were always able to visit and talk for hours effortlessly. We will miss you Kenny! Much love to Viv, Kathryn, and Warren and their families. Hugs to all of you.

Ben Riedel

November 19, 2020

I want to send thoughts and condolences to the family. I was remembering the good times we had growing up in the Valley. He was a great cousin always great to be around with his cheerful personality. Although life took us in different directions we could pick up our conversations easily. I am glad I had the opportunity to see him a few years ago at my mothers funeral. This photo was taken in 2018 when we last saw each other.
May he Rest In Peace.
Ben Riedel

Sally Rodriguez

November 19, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Bauer and the family. May God give you, strength and comfort during this difficult time. I always enjoyed talking to Mr. Bauer, always delightful conversations. A down to earth person, which made him so special to all! God Bless you All ❤️

Carmen Hernandez

November 19, 2020

Mrs. Bauer and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the good Lord embrace you in his loving arms and give you comfort during your time of grief. May Mr. Bauer rest in peace.
Carmen R. Hernandez

Angela Rauschuber

November 19, 2020

Kenny was like a brother to me and I will dearly miss his Sunday phone calls checking up on me. Loved his laughter, words of wisdom and could talk about anything and everything. I will always think of our visits to the valley or theirs to San Antonio, Kenny got up at the crack of dawn and so did I so we would sit in the kitchen drinking coffee and talk about the kids and life while he fried up the bacon . You will be dearly missed❤️
Below is a pic of Kenny and Viv in Luchenbach on their anniversary a few years ago

Patrick and Brenda Ryan

November 19, 2020


Words can’t express our sorrow at the loss of Kenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We have such fond memories of our get togethers over the years. We will all be reunited once again. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and bring you peace and comfort. May God bless you all.

Pat and Brenda Ryan

Bennie Newby

November 19, 2020

Kenneth was such a kind soul with a keen sense of humor.😂 I remember our talks at Stuart waiting for the school bell to ring at the end of the day. He will truly be missed!! RIP my dear friend!!! 😢❤️


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