Theodore J. “Ted” Bauer

Ted Bauer, of Holt, MI, passed away peacefully at home on August 17, 2021, at the age of 96. He has left a legacy of love and inspiration. Nearly every day he proclaimed: “This is the best day ever!” And he meant it.

Born on December 7, 1924, Ted had fond memories of growing up with his sister Georgiana on the eastside of Kalamazoo and was forever grateful for the love and guidance of his mother, Effie Bauer.

Ted was an all-around athlete at Kalamazoo Central High School where he was a standout in basketball, football and baseball. Two weeks after graduating in 1943, Ted was inducted into the US Army and was off to boot camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After three years in the China-Burma-India Theater, Ted returned to Kalamazoo in 1946 and attended Western Michigan University on the GI Bill. At WMU he earned his undergraduate degree, was a star athlete in football and baseball and met and married the love of his life, homecoming queen Jean Freeman Bauer.

Upon graduation in 1950, Ted moved to Holt, Michigan for his first teaching and coaching job and lived there for the rest of his life with wife Jean. In 1953 he began a 26-year career with the Lansing Public Schools, coaching basketball and football and teaching government and economics at Everett High School. Many Everett students will remember Coach Bauer rolling up his pant legs and leading the cheer at the first pep assembly of the year. His achievements as an athlete and a coach were recognized by his induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Ted loved his job and loved his students and they adored him. He impacted the lives of thousands of young people as a teacher and coach and wherever he went, former students and athletes would seek him out to say hello or share a memory.

After retirement in 1981, Ted enjoyed part-time jobs, continued to be an avid golfer, reveled in cheering on the Spartans, was a proud member of the MSU Rebounders Club, took great joy in his flowers and lawn and loved spending time with his family.  He was blessed with good health and was a familiar figure on the golf course and riding his bicycle around town.

Ted will be deeply missed by his wife of 72 years, Jean Bauer, daughter Joan Bauer of Lansing, MI and son Joe Bauer (Liz) of Basalt, CO. His youngest daughter, Nancie Jo Bauer, preceded him in death on June 25, 2021. He was adored by his grandchildren: Nicholas (Jenn) Spyke of Dewitt, Joey Spyke of East Lansing, Trent (Shannon) Bauer of Fort Collins, CO, Anna Bauer of Basalt, CO, and Megan Bauer of Rifle, CO. Ted was thrilled to be great-grandpa to Joss, Theo, Blake and Taylor. Ted’s nephew, Chuck Lay and his wife Margaret of Holt, were dear friends and Ted’s many nieces and nephews and their families held a special place in his heart.

Father, husband, grandfather, great-grandpa, uncle, WWII Veteran, teacher, coach, friend, and Spartan fan extraordinaire: he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

An open house will be held Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Hidden Gem Event Venue, 4230 Charlar Drive, Holt.  The family invites you to stop by and share memories of this very special man.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sparrow Hospice Services through the Sparrow Foundation, the Holt Community Foundation Nancie Bauer scholarship fund, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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Robert Bassila
August 18, 2021 at 8:24 pm

I’m so sad to hear the passing of Mr. Bauer. He was my favorite teacher at Everett High. Iveould see him once in a while at Meijer s with Mrs. Bauer jor at Ross field for memorial day celebrations. He was an inspiration to many of us at Everett and his memory will live in our hearts for ever.
Rest in peace coach.
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Bauer and family.
Robert Bassila
Everett H. S.
Class of 1970

Mary A. Fast Lowe
August 20, 2021 at 9:51 am

I am very sad at hearing of the passing of a great teacher and man, Mr. Ted Bauer. When I first saw the obituary I started searching for the full obituary and still have not come across it. In case I am unable to make it to visitation or memorial I want to offer my condolences to his family. I remember him well although I haven’t seen him since graduation many many years ago. May he rest in God’s peace.

Jeff Whipple
August 20, 2021 at 10:27 am

So sorry to hear of coach’s passing. He was a talented teacher, coach and mentor for all who had him for a teacher; but especially for those of us who were fortunate enough a coach. Je was a great influence in my life and a motivating factor with my becoming a teacher and coach. So many memories of TJ have been flashing through my mind since hearing of his death. Who could ever forget his ‘Go, Team, Fight Team, Win Team’ at our PEP assemblies. Always the best part of them and I have to admit I “borrowed” his entire routine ( sport coat around waist, pants rolled up, rolling arms, arm punches, etc) more than a dozen times while coaching. I was fortunate enough to have been a member of his basketball team in 62-63 and 63-64. I can still see him sliding off the bench with that arm punch. He never knew this, but after time outs, we would fight to get the last seat on the bench as many times he would call a player to sit beside him and hear what he wanted to change (thinking he called you there to put you into the game) only to have him jump up , look down the bench and often call the last seated player to the to tell him to report to the scorer’s table. I was also lucky enough to have him as my social studies teacher for 5 of the 6 semesters as a student. Game Days were always memorable as one of us would ask coach “what’s the team’s chances for that night’s game” and we’d get a 55 minute, first edition of what’s now on TV….Game Day. He also was the person that first shared with my class that President Kennedy had been shot. Coach lived a full life, loved by many and showed us how walk through the world always leaving it a better place. My condolences to Mrs Bauer and the entire family
PS He promised his ’64 seniors a wonderful Mrs Bauer spaghetti dinner for laying the sod at his new home in Holt…never got it…but every time I’d see him in later years, he’d always great me with “I know, I know Whip! Spaghetti dinner.” thank you coach for soooooo many wonderful memories.

Judy McQueen
August 20, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Ted was my Social Studies teacher at Everett High School in the mid 1950’s; when he would often share family fun notes in class. His warm personality permeated throughout his teaching, and so many other aspects of his life as well.

Through a later business and personal friendship with his daughter, Joan, I have been fortunate to share in many activities with the Bauer family– a gift of many years.

I will miss Ted, who will be remembered fondly by those he met, taught, coached, and otherwise influenced.. We salute his glowing presence and amazing life.

Jude (His nickname for me)

Mickey and Kathy Debnar
August 20, 2021 at 2:57 pm

We are so sad on the passing of Coach Bauer. We were lucky enough to visit with him at his 95th birthday celebration. He will be remembered for a long and successful life that meant so much to so many. Rest in Peace

Kimmie Lubbers
August 20, 2021 at 4:04 pm

Nothing short of an amazing man! I am so lucky to have grown up right across the street from the Bauer’s. So many fond memories, laughs and good times. My favorite memory is standing in Bauer’s garage with Ted and I asked him, “Teddy, where are all your tools?” “Kimmer”, he said as he pointed over to my family’s garage, “all my tools are right there with Lubby (my father) and I just give him a holler to come and fix something and he brings my tools!” We laughed and laughed as everyone knew Ted was an excellent coach and teacher but handyman he wasn’t. Love you, Teddy! My heart goes out to the entire Bauer family.

Jim Picken
August 20, 2021 at 5:54 pm

One of the finest men I ever had the privilege of knowing. His list of accomplishments and contributions speak for themselves. Thank you so much for your service to our great country and may God Bless you. RIP

Mary R Clark
August 20, 2021 at 6:38 pm

An incredible man who touched many hearts snd will be missed by all.

Diana Algra
August 20, 2021 at 7:28 pm

Know we share in your loss and send our love and support to you and your family.

Diana Algra and Family

Dennis Kocsis
August 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm

A very wonderful and special man. My life is better having known Mr. Bauer. Mr. Viking!!

Pam Shewchuck
August 20, 2021 at 8:17 pm

My condolences to the entire Bauer family I was honored to have known h Mr. Bauer my entire life
I’ll always cherish his warm greetings How you doing Pammer”!?

Gene Guile
August 20, 2021 at 8:34 pm

Ted has been one who I have loved for how he filled my entire life with his positive,humorist,peaceful,graceful and other great personal ways for life. I have many stories I was playing Basketball under his coaching that he gave me a moniker after I went up for a layup and my elbow struck a guy guarding me ,and it cut the top of his eye. I helped him to his team sideline,and went back to our bench .Coach Bauer came to me and said “gosh blade you cut his eye.”Some of my buddies today call me blade.

Karole Wjite
August 20, 2021 at 11:42 pm

The Lansing Everett Class of 63 send our deepest sympathy to the family and wish peace and rest to our coach.

Karole Hull White

connie speers
August 21, 2021 at 10:33 am

Ted was a very kind, special man whom I was lucky to meet 50 years ago at WMU while rooming with Joanie. He was a wonderful father and will be missed.

Sue (Gardner) Yopek
August 21, 2021 at 10:36 am

I remember Coach Bauer as fun, funny, happy and just basically high on life. He was kind and encouraging, and obviously by the comments here, a wonderful influence on his students, athletes, fellow faculty and friends. RIP Coach… loved by many, missed by all.

Class of 1971

Maureen Marlette
August 21, 2021 at 11:56 am

Jean, Joan and Family,
My heart aches as I recall all our family and school connections with Ted and your family. Not only were our family friends for years, but also lucky enough to have him as a teacher at Everett. Ted would always refer to my sister, Kolleen and I, as the Kelley girls and brother Pat, named after our dad. We are so saddened by your devastating loss and the loss to all the thousands of lives he touched. My last visit with Ted and Jean was at our 50th Everett H.S. reunion. We were blessed with their presence and were celebrates to all who attended. As I recall, we asked him to do his famous cheer by rolling up his pant legs and yelling with his arm in the air! What a gift to see it one more time! It had been a while since we saw each other, but the minute I said I was a Kelley, he loving said, “Ahhh, you are one of the Kelley girls!” He touched my heart and will be forever remembered and missed. We send you all loving hugs, healing, strength and healing.
Maureen Kelley Marlette (Rick)

Joan (Reitenbach) McDonald
August 21, 2021 at 2:01 pm

Mr. Bauer, the Cheerleader, the Coach, the Legend. The entire Viking Class of 64 mourns tonight. Sincere condolences to the Bauer Family.

Thurman D howard
August 21, 2021 at 8:20 pm

I played basketball for Coach Bauer for 2 years at Everett HS and had him for History, also. He remains one of the most memorable people I met during my HS years. It is a bright spot in my years at Everett and I will never forget the times I spent playing hoop for him. What a life he has had and been apart of shaping so many young people over his years as a teacher and coach. My condolences go out to is family and may they cherish all the wonderful memories they have shared with him. God Bless him and may he rest in peace. So long for now, Coach.

Kathy (Simons) Fischette
August 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

I so vividly remember Mr. Bauer indeed rolling up his pants for the first cheer at the pep rallies! I also remember what a great teacher and mentor he was. I’m sorry to hear he’s no longer with us..but he will always be in the hearts of all of his Everett Vikings. Sleep well, Mr. Bauer…..Go Vikings!

Ken Mitchell
August 21, 2021 at 9:52 pm

I have held elected office for 25 years. I learned many things in from Mr. Bauer that has helped me go from a Township Trustee to a County Commissioner. I remember how well he could make the boring interesting. Thank you Mr. Bauer to your commitment to teaching so many people the importance of how things work in both economics and government. That is the problem now, These topics are not taught the way they were back in 1977. RIP Mr Bauer

Ward J Stillson
August 22, 2021 at 2:26 am

People meeting Mr Bauer for the first time soon knew he was friend worth keeping. He taught me how to be kind, considerate and greatfull.

So in the end thanks Mr Bauer for these things and as many have said rest in peace

Ralph Koren
August 22, 2021 at 8:16 am

Have never and will never forget Coach Bauer. Great teacher and coach. Rest In Peace.

Judi Pierson
August 22, 2021 at 11:28 am

Oh how I loved this teacher. Mr. Bauer will be fondly remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. What a long wonderful life he had. He was so darn nice and cute as could be. Judi Phillips Pierson class of 61. Rest In Peace.

Jerry Blair
August 22, 2021 at 11:11 pm

I am fortunate to have known “coach” Bauer for many reasons. Above all else, he was an outstanding person and that mantra percolated down making him a great teacher and coach. He always had a radiant outlook on life as well as a remarkable memory of the names of his former students. Actually Ted did me a big favor when I went out for the basketball team as a sophomore. I still recall going into the locker room to see who made the final cut for making the team that year. Upon looking over the sheet posted on the door, my name was not there. I left there with my head down dreading the long walk home. Along the way, I passed the football field behind JD’s where the Cross Country team was practicing as that season had already started. I watched them for awhile and thought I could run as fast as some of the people on the team. So, I went in and asked the coach (Mr. Strickler) if it was too late to join the team and he said to come in the next day and get a uniform. I turned out to be a much better runner than a basketball player. So Ted, thanks again for cutting me – a true serendipity.
I will miss Ted’s sense of humor, his knowledge of Spartan basketball, and his passion that never waned.

Jerry Blair

Jonathon Goodrich
August 23, 2021 at 1:25 am

So sorry to hear of Mr. Bauer’s passing. He was a fantastic teacher and great influence on me.
I still tell people things he talked about in 1977-1978 about the economy (type of jobs) and the effects of cutting so many trees and various pollutants on our environment. a lot of his points have proven to be true over the years .
I’ll always remember his energy and dress for our pep rallies.
He truly was Mr. Everett
Jon Goodrich
Class of 1978

Chad Linsley
August 23, 2021 at 4:42 pm

What a terrific guy! He could light up any room. Ted is already missed!

Mary (Oberlin) Aldrich
August 23, 2021 at 6:35 pm

Mr Bauer was my favorite teacher at Everett. I must have had his class his last semester at Everett. Then after graduating I met his daughter Nancie at LCC in a dance class. Sweet Sweet People….RIP and go take some dance lesson from Nancie.

Jeff Burger
August 24, 2021 at 9:54 am

Playing basketball for Ted was a pleasure and something I will always cherish. Ted was a talented coach and a wonderfully kind person… RIP Mr Bauer and shoot a few hoops for me.

Rick Lilly
August 27, 2021 at 2:25 pm

Coach did more for me and my career than any single person. As a relatively unknown junior manager, he introduced me along with the team at every pep rally. He continued doing this the next year when I became the Senior Class President. This set me off to my 25 year career in Lansing politics which included serving on the City Council with his daughter Joan. I can honestly say that Coach was one of the most influential men in my life.

Rick Lilly

Joan bauer
August 28, 2021 at 3:43 pm

Thank you so much, Rick, for sharing those wonderful and meaningful thoughts. Dad was a very special man and I am incredibly lucky to have had him in my life for 71 years. Joan Bauer

Tom Truscott
August 29, 2021 at 5:43 pm

Coach Bauer was my football coach and basketball coach and my history teacher and for 35 years I coached football and basketball and taught history because of my love and respect for him. Thank you coach,rest in peace! Tom Truscott

Fred Clark
August 29, 2021 at 8:34 pm

Like many students at Everett, Ted Bauer was my favorite teacher. I took the required course in American Government from Ted in the fall of 1969. His engaging, enthusiastic style, his kindness, and his good humor kept the attention of his students and made learning fun. I maintained contact with Ted for the many decades that have passed since graduating from Everett. I long since moved away from Michigan. When I would return for visits with family and friends, I would often call Ted and arrange to meet him at his home. He was always so excited to hear from me. But that was the way he treated all his former students and athletes. The last time I saw him, in the fall of 2019, he proudly showed me a photo from a recent get-together he had with some athletes he had coached way back in the 1950s! He was a very special man, and he will be missed. I send my heartfelt condolences to Ted’s wife Jean, and to his entire family.


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