Aug. 9-10 benefit in memory of Al Bauer Sr.
Al Bauer Sr., was loved and respected by those who knew him.
"He was a helping, giving person to those in need," said his widow Robin. "If there was something he could do, he would do it.
"He was a very compassionate person."
Bauer's life tragically ended in an automobile accident, Nov. 23, 2007, on Hwy. 35, near Diamond Bluff. He was 57-years-old.
To help remember the man friends and family called Big Al, a fundraiser is planned in his memory Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 9-10, in Bay City. A softball tournament is planned for both days at the Bay City Bombers baseball field, with a silent auction from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 9 at Mike's Baytown Bar and Grill in Bay City. All proceeds raised from the memorial will go to various non-profit organizations.
"I think Al Sr., would be proud of this," Robin said.
Robin explained family members had varying opinions on what to do for the memorial. Al Jr., Al Sr.'s son, had one of the strongest out there.
"He wanted to do a fundraiser as a memory to his father," she said.
Al Jr., was with his father when the accident occurred. The pair, along with friend Adam Swanson, was returning home from a hunting trip. Al, Jr., suffered multiple injuries and "physically is doing very well," Robin said, "Mentally and emotionally, it's day-by-day, as some are better than others."
The father and son started a spray-on truck bedline business in 2005, located out of the father's house.
"We decided we wanted something we could do together and were kicking around ideas," the father said in the July 27, 2005, Herald. "This seemed like it could be reasonably profitable."
Al, Sr., was born in Red Wing and attended Red Wing High School before graduating from Benilde High School in St. Louis Park, Minn., in 1969.
He served in the United States Army during Vietnam and, upon returning, went to work for the City of Red Wing.
He spent 25 years with the city, working the first 15 for its incinerator and then the last 10 for the public works department. Robin added that it's been hard going into Red Wing and seeing a city vehicle.
Al, Sr.'s other hobbies beside hunting were softball (played for teams in Red Wing and Miesville, Minn.), watching football (Minnesota Vikings) and baseball (Minnesota Twins) "religiously," according to Robin, and just being outdoors.
"Al was a farmer at heart," Robin said. "He loved animals."
His beloved white German Shepherd, Buddy, also died in the accident.
Al, Sr., is survived by Robin, sons Al, Jr. and wife Abby of Bay City, Shawn and wife Ruth of Lake City, Minn., and Jason and wife Ruth of Zumbrota, Minn., two step-daughters Tonya Grittner of Birchwood, and Cassie Grittner of Red Wing, and seven grandchildren.
Robin explained the memorial weekend will be tough for her, but its mission is worth it.
"I have mixed emotions about the benefit," she said. "I'm glad we're doing it, but it's going to be a difficult day for me.
"On the other hand, we're going to be doing something very good."
For more information, contact Robin at 273-4522.