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Francis "Hammer" Frank Bauer
January 18, 1938 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Francis Frank Bauer AKA "Hammer" died Oct. 14 at his home under the care of Jeff. Co. Hospice and his wife Arlene. He is survived by his wife of 58 yrs., sons John (Carla), Joseph (Kim), David (Lisa), grandchildren; Madison, Harley, Whitney and Oleg. He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Gladys Clark Bauer, twin infant sister, daughter Lisa Camille and granddaughter Natalie Bauer.
He attended school at Mexico Academy and earned his GED through the Air Force. He served 4yrs Air Force as an administrative clerk with 1yr in Greenland as a supply clerk. He served the Army for 3 yrs with one year in Germany where he met his lifelong friends Jack Ouderkirk and Peter Anderson. He was honorably discharged in 1963. He married March 1965 to Arlene at St. Cecelia's Church.
Frank was a member of Oswego Laborers Union Local 214. He worked on three nuclear plants in Oswego, pipeline in Scriba and Fulton, Oswego steam plant, Pulaski jr.-sr. high school as well as numerous other construction jobs. After retirement, he was grounds keeper at Cold Springs Golf Course until 2019. Frank and Arlene had a farm on Diamond Rd Lorraine for 37 years, where they raised their children, beef cattle, hay crops, large gardens, pigs, turkeys, chickens and dogs.
Frank and Arlene loved to travel, visiting all but 3 of the 50 states, Europe and Canada. Frank and Arlene raised AKC Golden Retrievers. Frank raised and trained beagles spending many enjoyable times with his friends hunting rabbits. He hunted turkey, pheasants, grouse, and deer with his friends Andy, Rick and Peg Sorenson, the late Bud Haas and Dave Hall in Iowa and all over Tug Hill.
Frank was a great conversationalist with an extensive knowledge of history, geography, politics and all things hunting, fishing and trapping. He loved playing cards and reading especially war history and the Third Reich.
He played golf on the Tues. night men's league at Cold Springs until his knees couldn't support him anymore. He got his first and only hole in one in 2005. His father in law K. Francis Kellogg taught him masonry which he passed on to all of his sons. In 2001, he and his sons and friends built their home in Ellisburg. Frank was a member of Adams American Legion, So. Jeff. Historical Museum, Sandy Pond Sportsmen Club and lifelong member of Redfield Fish and Game and Bear Swamp Camp. A celebration of his life will be held Nov. 11, 2PM at Cold Springs Golf Course. Please bring your favorite "Hammer" story to tell. There will be a private burial at St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to thank all of the folks who brought food, drink and hugs to the house for our last "visit" with Hammer.
In lieu of flowers donations to your favorite charity would be appreciated.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown, NY. Online condolences may be shared at www.clevelandfhinc.com.