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July 8, 1933-September 11, 2019 - Wilbur Charles Bauer was born July 8, 1933 at home on Parrett Mountain to John and Esther Schaad Bauer.

Wilbur Charles Bauer
Wilbur passed away peacefully September 11, 2019 in Porter, Texas.

Wilbur (Willie) attended Rex Grade School and Newberg High School. He graduated in 1951 and then apprenticed as a member of local 29 of the Ironworkers for a year, where his dad was a member.

He started college at Vanport, where he won the Pacific Interscholastic wrestling championship in his weight in 1952.

Willie wrestled for the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland where he excelled. He was drafted by the US Army and served during the Korean War but was granted a 30-day deferral in 1953 to wrestle in the AAU championship competition and the MAC won the team title.

After returning home he returned to school at Portland State College. He wrestled for the team and won two more PCI titles. During that time, Willie married Vivian Newcomb, daughter of Rod and Opal Ogles Newcomb, from Dayton, in Newberg August 4, 1956.

Willie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1959. He worked as an ironworker for a year before signing to teach "government" at W'east High School near Hood River where he coached wrestling.

He returned to ironwork and worked on the Minuteman missile projects in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota and other jobs in Minnesota, Indiana, and in Italy.

The family returned to Oregon, where Willie formed a partnership with his brother, David in 1968. They built rental properties, ventured into the grocery business when they bought the old Nap's store, built Mt. View Mobile Home Park, and the Blue Ox RV park in Albany. Willie still worked iron occasionally.

He was very active in sports: golfing, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, and trap shooting where he won many awards around the country.

He and Vivian were world travelers to all continents but Antarctica, two around the world trips and many cruises. A highlight was attending their AFS exchange student daughter's wedding in Indonesia.

Willie is preceded in death by his son Steve and brother Delburt. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vivian; son Mark and his wife Francoara of Franklin, Tennessee; Kristina Selten and husband Randolph of Porter, Texas; Steven's wife Sheri of Nyssa, Oregon; brother David and his wife Patricia of Newberg; Delburt's wife Joanne of Wilsonville; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Willie's honor on October 27, at 2 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St. in Newberg. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in Wilbur's name to a charity of your choice. If attending, please bring a fond or funny memory for the memory basket.

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