Lawrence (Shorty) Bauer, 80, of Caledonia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. at Caledonia Care and Rehab.

Shorty was born in Caledonia on May 18, 1933, to Gerhard and Helen (Reining) Bauer. He was the sixth child of 12 children. On Nov. 14, 1955, he married the love of his life, Leota Mae Lee, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Caledonia.

Among his interests and activities, Shorty played softball, was a boxer in the Golden Gloves Boxing Association; loved to hunt and fish; card playing, reading; dancing and singing songs around the piano with friends and family.

They raised a family working various farms in the Houston County area until they purchased a farm in Blackhammer, where they farmed from 1968 until 1997. His passions and interests were conservation and land stewardship, along with family activities in 4H. He was on the board of the Root River Soil and water Conservation for 11 years as well as wildlife management programs.

After he retired from farming, he and Leota purchased a home in Caledonia. He made a living while driving semi truck, which kept him involved in the farming community for several years.

He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic church in Caledonia throughout his life.

In addition to his wife Leota, he is survived by six children: Chris Bauer, Paul (Julie) Bauer, Tod (Sara) Bauer, Glen (Lynda) Bauer, Peggy Bauer, Patti (Todd) Olerud.

Since he did survive his angelic children, he and Leota were blessed with nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with another on the way. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Sr. Vinciana Bauer, Bernice Lange, Vina Lange, Rita (Lee) Svehaug, Gordy (Wanda) Bauer, John (Judy) Bauer, Mary Mullen, Millie (Art) Roback, and Helen (Dave) Augedahl. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Bauer, his parents, a sister, Teresa Heberlein and brother, Vince Bauer.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Matt Fasnacht officiated with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisted the family with arrangements and online condolences may be given at

The family would like to thank the staff of Caledonia Care for their loving care and compassion.