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Leaving his frail, thin body, Eckhard Bauer passed to the portal of paradise on June 22, 2016 to greet his parents and loved ones waiting for him. Eckhard was born April 14, 1941 to Philipp Johann and Elfriede Christine Marie Ross Bauer in Germany. Emigrating with his parents and only sibling, Renate Louise, they arrived in Salt Lake City in July 1953.
Eckhard was a faithful member, along with his family, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in Berlin, Germany from October 1960 to June 1963. He was drafted by the US Army soon after his return home from his mission. Frustrated, he went, wishing to start his University of Utah education instead. He became a dog handler and MP (Military Policeman). The silver lining to the whole situation was, he was eventually stationed in the San Fernando Valley in southern California, where he met his future wife, Raeberta Maxine Hart, while off duty at Church. Eckhard was honorably released in the fall of 1965, after serving in Vietnam.
Eckhard and Raeberta married December 17,1965 in the Los Angeles Temple. Soon they moved to Salt Lake City, where he completed his University of Utah studies with academic scholarships and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. In July, 1971, he passed all tests and became a Certified Public Accountant. Returning to his studies through the U of U, in December 1973, he received his Master of Business Administration degree. He worked for the US Federal Government several years and for the State of Utah, in the auditing department, which he enjoyed very much as well as the comradeship of great coworkers. He retired in December 2003.
Eckhard fulfilled many Church callings, most notably as Scoutmaster for many years and as a Gospel Doctrine instructor. He and his wife completed an 18 month mission to northern Germany where he served as Branch President in Flensburg and made many, many friends. They returned home July 2005. Upon returning home, they were called to a Spanish speaking Branch in the Salt Lake Valley, to teach older teenagers the Gospel in English. It was a delight teaching together and making dear friends among the Saints from several Spanish speaking countries.
Many memories will remain with his loving wife, Raeberta, and supportive children, Bruce and Christie Bauer, Jennifer and David Waldron, Kristal and Steve DeVroom, Brent and Chelsea Bauer, plus 11 grandchildren; dear sister, Renate and Jim Kratz, many nieces, nephews and cousins in the US and Germany.
Special mention has to go to Community Nursing Services, with much gratitude for their loving, attentive and dedicated service for Eckhard. Without the wonderful help of dear Liza Jane Johnson, CNA John Begay, RN Michael Hunter, Teresa Aiello and Michelle Webb, Volunteer Coordinator Sheri Harrell and several helpful staff, care would have been so much more difficult. Thanks to the many friends for their kindness and assistance, especially Arno and Jan Thierbach.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Brighton 1st Ward, 2925 East Bengal Blvd (7800 S.). A viewing will be held at the Cannon Mortuary, 2460 Bengal Blvd (7600 South), Cottonwood Heights, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and the day of the service at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment Mountain View Memorial Estates.
Please no flowers. Give to the LDS Missionary Fund or Humanitarian Charity of your choice.
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