Richard Bauder

Richard Bauder (BS Elec Egr '61) died January 25, 2011. He was born December 4, 1931, in Midland, Michigan, to a family of modest means and an enormous capacity for love. Dick had a generous heart, a loving soul, and many gifts and talents.

Shortly after his 19th birthday, Bauder enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Timmerman. While in service he met the love of his life, Lynn Watson. He served in the Navy for four years and married Lynn on August 25, 1956.

Bauder dropped out of school in the ninth grade, but earned his GED; and using the GI bill, he was the first member of his family to graduate from college. After graduating from MSU with his bachelor’s degree, he held various jobs, but eventually settled in at the Board of Water and Light. He stayed there for 30+ years working in both electrical and environmental engineering. He retired as the supervisor of electrical engineering.

He was known for having a gruff exterior and a heart of gold. His office was known as “Gentle Ben's Den.” Dick and Lynn were blessed with two sons and a daughter. Bauder was a Little League coach and very active in the Boy Scouts helping both his sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He was an awesome grandpa, considering it his job to “spoil ‘em rotten.” He was at every ball game, every play, every event his grandkids had, every time. As Dick and Lynn grew older this wandering grew to traveling. They visited all fifty states and eventually all seven continents. Bauder especially loved Antarctica. Dick and Lynn loved the people they met, the things they saw and the time that they spent together. They enjoyed their adventures and visited more than 65 countries.

Bauder loved to challenge himself with new projects. He was a gifted artist and woodworker. He carved decoys, birds, and most recently two beautiful carousel horses. He also had a passion and a gift for growing orchids. He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, and going to their cabin up north.

Bauder is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lynn; his children, Joel (Sue), Daniel (Mary) and Mary-Kathleen (Matthew); and grandchildren Joshua (Christine) Jacob, Jeremiah, Rebecca, Sarah, Nicholas, Alyse, Jack, and Xander. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Tom (Dee) and Corky (Anita), and 2 sisters, Susie (Bill) and Sandy (Charlie).