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Kurt H. Bayer

Died: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Age: 90
Kurt H. Bayer, Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the Aurora Memorial Hospital, Burlington. He was born March 2, 1922, in Hamburg, Germany, the son of Otto and Emma Tau Bayer.

He married Amelia A. Kornesczuk Jan. 9, 1946, in Chicago. He was a member of American Legion Post 327, Lyons, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a farmer most of his life in Lyons Township.

Kurt was a captivating storyteller, especially recalling his time served in World War II. He was a man who always put his family first and taught us the enjoyment of a good game of cards. He was always there when you needed good practical advice and was true to his words, “never give up.” His spirit lives on in his children, his grandchildren and now his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia; daughters, Sylvia (Ivan) Bayer-Garett, Fort Lee, N.J., and Marilyn (Jeff) Connor, Geneva, Ill.; sons, Dr. Gerald (Pilar) Bayer, Green Bay, Robert (Cheryl) Bayer, Mukwonago, Richard (Lynn) Bayer, Waukesha, Curt Bayer, Wauconda, Ill., and James (Elaina) Bayer, Pell Lake; 11 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.Kurt was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Otto Bayer.

Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lyons, with the Rev. John Baumgartner officiating. Visitation at the church one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial non-deductible donations may be made in Kurt’s name to the American Legion Post 327, P.O. Box 81, Lyons, 53148. The Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, assisted the family with arrangements.

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