William G. "Skeets" Bayer

April 3, 1923May 28, 2013
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William G. “Skeets” Bayer, age 90 of Prospect passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at his home. He was born April 3, 1923 in Louisville, the son of William G. and Mary Frances Aulbach Bayer, Sr. “Skeets” was a master carpenter and had worked as a superintendant for Lichtefeld Construction, Kister Woodworking and Banta Construction. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Valda Bayer; two daughters, Donna Houk Bright (Don) and Rebecca Houk; four grandchildren, Charles Embry, Christopher Schooling, Stacey Steele and Aaron Bright; six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Maegan and Wyatt Steele, Krystal and Amber Embry and Riddick Schooling; one sister, Judy Martin; a sister-in-law, Bert Bayer; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Art, Jake and Frank Bayer. A celebration of “Skeets” life will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 1, 2013 in the chapel of Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am – 7 pm on Friday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Prospect Building Fund.


  • Visitation Friday, May 31, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 1, 2013

William G. "Skeets" Bayer

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Charles Gibson

June 3, 2013

I will pick where my brother just left off. Our dad grew up with Skeets, and would get together from time to time all through the years. When you would put those two together there was no way not to laugh. One would feed off the other with stories and jokes. I'm sorry for your loss. My dad Harold Gibson passed away around 2002. That was the last time I also saw Skeets. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Ron Gibson

June 3, 2013

My Dad, Harold Gibson and Skeets were friends from childhood. As kid I enjoyed when Skeets came to visit, he was always funny. The last time I saw Skeets was when My Dad passed away in 2002.

June 1, 2013

Uncle Skeets lived with us for a while when I was a child and he was the most fascinating person I knew. Built a boat in the driveway! Every day he would come home and empty his pockets of change and give it to my sister and me. He was always laughing - even when a tree fell on his boat in the Ohio River! He had a wonderful craft shop for awhile - but gave all his products away to the children in the neighborhood that couldn't afford to buy. He was always giving. We all loved him so very much.

Jerry & Sue Crutcher

May 31, 2013

Our memories of Skeets will always include a laugh. He always made us laugh until our sides hurt! He will live forever as his stories are passed on! We loved him and his family and will think of our good times together always.

Judy Gibson Rogers

May 31, 2013

Skeets and my dad Harold Gibson, were good friends and running buddies many years ago. Used to love the visits as him and my dad were funny together. They are now together again. I am sure he will be missed by his family and friends

Richard, Jr. Banta

May 30, 2013

I had the privilege of working "for" Bill at R.B. Banta Co. There were never boring days and if he wasn't waving his hands in the air and talking construction, he was telling stories (and there were plenty to tell). The world will be a little more dull with Bill gone, but his stories will be told for years to come....Richard Banta Jr.