Melvin G. “Mel” Bauer, age 87, of Albany, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family Feb. 18, 2021, at his home in Albany. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 22 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B. officiating.  A private interment was Feb. 23 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Melvin George Bauer was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Albany, to John and Rita (Novak) Bauer. He spent his early years on the family farm enjoying and helping his grandparents and aunt and uncle, Regina and Louie Novak. He was a member of the United States Air Force from 1954-57. Mel worked as a carpenter in Minnesota and South Dakota. His favorite projects were working in Pickstown and on both the Oahe and Big Ben Dams and St. John’s University. He married Shirley Roethler Jan. 30, 1960, in Watertown, South Dakota. They returned to Minnesota in 1965 and raised five children.

Mel was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and friend. He could build anything. He worked hard and raised a wonderful family. He will live on in our memories as a great man.

He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and the American Legion in Waite Park.

Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley Bauer of Albany; children David (Rosie) Bauer of Albany, Sue (Bruce) Salzl of Albany, Jodi (Peter) Gerads of Freeport, Doug (Tashia) Bauer of Sartell and  Joel (Danielle) Bauer of Albany; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with more babies on the way; sisters Florentine  Scepaniak, Shirley Wehrkamp and Mary Ann (Paul) Heidgerken.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Jeanette Benda.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.                           P-8-1B