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Anthony "Tony" David Bauer

September 2, 1947March 20, 2020

Anthony “Tony” David Bauer, 72, of Nashville, IN passed away March 20, 2020. He was born in Indianapolis on September 2, 1947 and was the fourth child born to the late Dr. Thomas Bryant and Elenita Mae (Bodwell) Bauer.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Mary “Peggy” (Dowd) Bauer, son David Marcus Bauer of Nashville, Indiana, and daughter, Kristen Lynn Bauer of Portland, Oregon. He is also survived by siblings Cynthia A. Bauer, Marcia L. Capuano (Alfred), Thomas B. Bauer (Linda), Elaine L. Brown (David), and brother-in-law Fred M. Fehsenfeld; 10 nieces and nephews; and 18 grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Elizabeth (Bauer) Fehsenfeld.

Affectionally known as Tony, he attended Orchard Country Day School and was a 1965 graduate of North Central High School. He attended the Theater Production program at Indiana State University.

Tony owned Prism Productions, a highly respected Indianapolis stage design company. He was also a forty plus year member of the International Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees (IATSE Local #30). He oversaw countless productions at international and national locations; as well as local venues, including Clowes Hall, the Convention Center, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He also oversaw design for six Presidents during visits to Indianapolis. He had a deep affection for the Butler Ballet, and this spring’s showcase would have marked his 50th year on the production team.

Family was an important part of his life and he enjoyed activities such as Christmas Cookie Camp, gatherings to make homemade ice cream, and cookouts with friends and family. He enjoyed gardening and was competitive with his brother on growing the biggest and best crop of vegetables. Tony enjoyed road trips to Pennsylvania to revisit the family home in Wellsville, PA to savor the special food items at the Amish farmers markets, and spend time with cousins.

Due to the present national emergency, a “Celebration of Life” service will be held at a later date.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Anthony "Tony" David Bauer

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Amanda Feil

March 27, 2020

I was never fortunate enough to meet Tony, but he definitely impacted me through my interactions with his amazing daughter. (The apple definitely didn't fall far from the tree.) While he may not be here on earth with us any longer, the life he lived will continue to leave positive ripples - whether it's a chuckle remembering his orneriness or a shared smile hearing a story about one of the infamous road trip adventures. Hugs to you all.

Nerissa Bauer

March 27, 2020

Uncle Tony, we will miss you dearly. We will miss your presence at the Annual Bauer Christmas cookie camp and family gatherings. You will never be forgotten.

Pat Koverman

March 27, 2020

My husband Don first met Tony at Clouse Hall. They became forever friends. He was a person who never changed his high values or his sarcasm at life. 😂. He would always listen and give you his own “take” on a subject. He had a quick sense of humor, was extremely intelligent and creative. A devoted family man. His family, friends and the world will miss him. A true individual. My condolences to family.
Pat Koverman.

Donald Foley

March 26, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the Bauer family at this difficult time. Uncle Tony was a man who took great pleasure in the simple things like a good garden, an old red Jeep, finely worked antiques.

But he was also a man who’s eye for production design put him in front of Presidents.

Good bye to an interesting man of simple pleasures. Rest In Peace.

Randy Leerkamp

March 25, 2020

I knew Tony at Gnaw Bone Camp when we were kids. We were very good friends. I met his mother on a "10 Mile Hike" to her house in the country (Tony had flagged down a pickup for us to ride). I had not seen him again until the 75th reunion of the camp. Though he was obviously in bad health, it did not take an instant for us to relive those happy times.

Ken Bandy

March 25, 2020

I always enjoyed the opportunity to work with Tony. He was a mentor to many in Local 30. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Herb Dwyer

March 25, 2020


Is about feeling your people

We haven’t spoken for awhile
Comes from shyness or age
I’m not good at keeping up
Social is not my style

But you are there, still here
in the world, I think about you
I wish you well, and happy
I know...I knew, you were there

It’s a whisper to thunder
Our time, our lives
I honor yours, and I’m grateful
Your thereness, beautiful wonder

Jean Gatz (Ernsting)

March 25, 2020

I did not really know David but do remember his name for some reason! I grew up with Elaine and danced with her for many years at Jordan College of Music! It is so awesome to see what he did for the arts! What a talented family the Bauer's are! My condolences for your family! Jean Anne Gatz (Ernsting)

Dick Clark

March 25, 2020

Peggy and family::

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Tony. Tony and I go back along ways. We graduated from North Central together and then attended Indiana State where both of us were paid technical assistants in the theatre. The memories of hours we spent together late at night hanging and setting lights without another soul in the theatre cannot be replaced or taken away. I am glad we spoke a couple of years ago when we made our yearly trip to Nashville, IN. I am sorry he was ill at that and could not meet for dinner. Tony was one of the good guys...and I will miss him.


March 25, 2020

Sorry for your loss. I always remember your mom and dad as well as all of the children. Often wondered where everyone was now. Drove by the house on 75th and remembered all of the work i had done there, on the farm in greensburg and cabin in nashville. all good memories.