OBITUARY

Andrew E. Bauer

January 26, 1985August 12, 2016
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Andrew Edmund Bauer, 31, passed away on August 12, 2016 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, after a relentless battle with liver disease. He spent his final days surrounded by those who cared deeply for him and his final hours holding the hand of the love-of-his-life.Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Eternity Church, 2000 NW 100th St. in Clive with burial following at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Eternity Church.

Andrew was born on January 26, 1985 to Michael Bauer and Kristine Johnson. He grew up mainly in DeSoto while briefly living as a teenager in Sioux City. Andrew found himself playing video games, going to concerts, and just causing trouble around town with a group of friends self-named “B3 for Life.” During this time, Shawn Webb, Jesse Morrill, Mike Callison, Kyle Stump, Jordan Denman and Ryan Lathrop would become and remain some of Andrew’s best friends. In May 2004, Andrew graduated from ADM High School with big plans for the future.

On August 9, 2004 in Sioux City, Andrew officially entered the Iowa Army National Guard and became a tanker with the 113rd Cavalry. With hard work and dedication, Andrew moved up the ranks before deploying with his unit, in 2005, to Iraq. During this deployment old friendships were made stronger and new friendships were forged. His unit was repeatedly assaulted but preserved and all returned home except for a good friend of Andrew’s, SGT Dan Sesker. The loss was tough but his military “brothers” Shawn Parks, Phil Edwards, Ben Doyle, amongst others helped each other continue to press forward. After returning from Iraq, Andrew went to work at Camp Dodge in Johnston for the NET/DET Fielding Team. It was working there that he built an amazing friendship between him and James “Juice” Justice. The two became quite the pair and their antics and adventures were well known. When Juice was killed in 2011, Andrew struggled deeply with the loss of another great friend and brother. Andrew continued to work at Camp Dodge until he was medically retired out of the military in 2013 due to sustained injuries after achieving the rank of Sergeant.

While Andrew had amazing friends, it was one woman in particular who instantly stole his heart. Shortly after returning from Iraq in 2006, Andrew met Karry Monson. He was struck not only by her beauty but also by her kind, caring, and generous heart. Andrew and Karry dated for several years and went through many tough times while sticking by one another’s side. On June 15, 2013, Andrew and Karry stood in front of all of their family and friends and said “I Do.” No one doubted that they would be together until the end as their love and commitment to one another was one for the ages.

On June 19, 2015 Andrew and Karry welcomed an amazing fair-skinned, blue-eyed baby boy into their lives and hearts when Peyton James Bauer arrived. He quickly became the greatest source of joy and brought new meaning to the word family for both of them. When Andrew wasn’t spending time with Karry and “P” he enjoyed watching Hawkeye football, gaming, being a computer enthusiast, and chilling with his dog, Brewski. And for a short time, life had never been better.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Karry (Monson) Bauer and son Peyton Bauer, both of Grimes; father, Mike (Missy) Bauer of Winterset; mother, Kristine (Louis) Martin of Sioux City; step-father, Jerry Bowles of Sioux City brothers, Michael Bauer and Tanner Marquardt, both of Winterset, and Adam Bowles (Kelsey Tronson) of Sioux City; sister, Kari (Ian) Struble of Sioux City; parents-in-law, Karen and Rich Boever of Bancroft and Larry and Leslie Monson of Britt; brothers-in-law, Tom (Melanie) Monson of Humboldt, Tim Monson of Britt, and Tanner Boever of Bancroft; grandparents, Patricia and Edward Novak of Omaha, Tootie Hauschildt of Winterset, and Gordon and Bert Kirchhoff of Humboldt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and military brothers.

Andrew is preceded in death by his stepmom, Janet Bauer; grandfather, Jerry Johnson, and grandparents, Edmund and Joleen Bauer, Evan and Marie Berry, and Oscar and Vivian Monson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Andrew’s Give Forward account. “If love alone could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 16, 2016
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Memories

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Kristine Johnson

October 10, 2016

When Andrew was about 6 and Adam was 5 they decided to cut the cats hair. This was a long haired beautiful cat. I came out to find the cat with some missing fur in several places. I was upset but then I looked over at their sister Kari, who was missing almost all off of her beautiful hair!! I was mad and at the moment could only ask them 'why did you cut off your sisters hair"? To which Andrew replied without even pausing," the cat scratched us, Kari didn't". Hard to hold onto your anger when your laughing. That was just the beginning of his wildly funny personality. Love you forever Andrew *Hugs* Mommy

Kraig & Denise Johnson

October 9, 2016

Andrew, as your Uncle & Aunt, we will remember you most as a young man with a zeal for life, bringing smiles and laughter to those around you, never shy about letting others know what life was really about. We love you and miss you.
Karry, we have no perfect words to express it correctly but we are so sorry for your loss of Andrew. It is our hope that the many happy, wonderful memories you two made and shared together somehow comfort you and bring you some peace. Together the two of you made Peyton and what a blessed gift he is for you! As time goes on, all of us that loved Andrew will share with Peyton the memories we have of his daddy and he will know and feel the love from him. We hold you both in our hearts always.

Janet Bauer

October 9, 2016

Hi Andrew, this is your Godmother. Even though I haven't seen you for a long time, I always had you in my heart! You have done such a great job with your life. It is so painful to see you go so young leaving so many behind. It comforts me to know that you are with Mom and Dad in heaven. Goodbye Andrew., I will always have a place in my heart for you.

Paige Underwood

October 9, 2016

This came as such a shock! I feel so blessed to have met you and your wonderful family. Your boy is so sweet and it's a blessing to watch him grow each day. I did enjoy our conversations about military lives. You're a great man and will be missed but never forgotten. Please continue to watch over us all especially your amazing wife Kari and your sweet boy Peyton. Rest in peace andrew.

Michael Bauer

October 9, 2016

Andrew,
I spent me life chasing your shadow and walking in your footsteps. You're the brother who always got mad at me for silly things, and then joined in. We always fought with each other, but you never once failed to have my back when it mattered. You walked into the room and things instantly became unpredictable and interesting. You will be missed, but you will never be gone.

SSG DOYLE

October 9, 2016

SGT Bauer,
We had the honor of serving together in the legendary 113th Cavalry. I will remember you always as a Trooper who was always ready for any mission any time. A Cavalryman who was our go to guy. Any mission any time. You will be missed by so many. I will always cheer extra loud for the Hawks. A Trooper is never gone until he is forgotten, your brothers will ensure you are never forgotten. I miss you brother.

SSG Doyle

Kari Schmitt

October 9, 2016

Andrew,

I don't really know what to say. This is still such a shock to me and the rest of our family. I never thought I would lose one of my big brothers. I wish I had been around more ofter and had more memories to share with you. I just want you to know that I love you and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I know you are in good hands and you have grandma up there with you now. Take care big brother.

Your little sister,
Kari

Missy Bauer

October 8, 2016

Andrew,
Where do I start. The first time I met you, you were 18 years old and going through tough losses in your life and family. I remember the day clearly when I went to the church for Janet's funeral. You stood outside in the grass at St. Joseph's. You seen me, hardly knowing this hospice nurse's name and and approached me with a BIG HUG. My heart hurt for you and the family. I'll never forget your silly, witty comments. I'll never for get you telling your dad after I helped him get your family moved into your new house and boxes put away, "Dad, have you seen the house! It's so clean. You better keep her!!"
I loved you from the day I met you. I thank you for sharing your dad with Tanner and I. I will forever cherish the 2 years you moved home with Karry before you married. I'll cherish the late night visits, the phone calls asking for medical advice. You are a Great American Hero. I hope you will meet my dad in heaven. Our lives will forever be changed, but I would rather have a bruised heart than to never of had the honor of being your "step mom" and receiving your unconditional love. I promise to continue to love, and help care for Karry, Little Tater Tot, and Brewski! We will keep your spirit alive and Peyton will forever know his daddy.
Until We Meet Again,
Love You,
Missy

MIKE BAUER

October 8, 2016

Hey Andrew, It's dad. This is the hardest thing a parent has to do. My life has been so full with you in it. We've had some ups and downs but my love for you only grew stronger. You have made me so proud! You are such a great husband to Karry, super dad to Peyton and a loving brother to Michael and Tanner. Life will never be the same. I know your grandma and grandpa Bauer are so happy to have you. I'm going to miss our talks, you funny stories, always ending our visits with a hug and an "I LOVE YOU DAD". Miss and I will do our BEST to help Karry and raise Peyton as a Hawkeye.
Love You Son,
Dad

Sheryl Antol

October 8, 2016

Andrew, what a wonderful nephew you have been! So many happy, fun memories I have of you! You were so loved by our family!! Grandma Jo and Grandpa Ed were so full of joy when they took you for weekends on their acreage. They would always tell me the fun, cute stories you had, and we would all laugh. When I get sad, I see you again with them in Heaven, telling your stories just like before. Thank you for being such a special nephew! I love you Andrew!!! Someday we will meet again!

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