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, holtcommunity.org or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.