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 James Gauer

James Gauer

Birth
Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Death 15 Oct 2012 (aged 87)
Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Burial Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 100330907 · View Source
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James Gauer, 87, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012 at Deaconess Hospice Care Center.

We have lost a giant oak in our family tree.

James was born on July 14, 1925 at home in Evansville, Indiana to Roy Henry Gauer and Magdalena (Nordhaus) Gauer.

On May 27, 1939 he received a Palmer Method Certificate in penmanship given at Chicago, Illinois for proficiency in handwriting. He graduated from the 8th grade at Assumption School in scholarship and integrity of character on June 11, 1939. He was an Alter Boy and prayed the mass in Latin. He was also a Tender Foot Boy Scout. James graduated from Central High School on June 3, 1943.

Upon graduation, he was drafted into the Navy at Great Lakes, Illinois on December 3, 1943. He was in the WWII Asiatic Pacific Theater as a signalman 1st class on LST 814. He was granted an honorable discharge on May 12, 1946 and has the LST commission flag pennant with 48 stars that was hoisted on the 814. He was married to Odelia (Becker) Gauer at Assumption Cathedral on September 6, 1947.

After WWII he was an apprentice at Krieger-Ragsdale in the printing business, earning 55 cents an hour. He then received a certificate from the International Typographical Association. He worked at the Evansville Printing Corporation and retired after 38 years of service. He received his Indiana Real Estate License in 1985 and worked for Culley Realty and F.C. Tucker.

His hobbies included tennis, ping pong, photography, IU basketball, and fishing. He had an eternal love of sketching art, math, science, and crossword puzzles.

James is survived by his deeply loved wife of 65 years, Odelia Gauer; his daughter, Carolyn Sue (Gauer) Peter and her husband Bernard Joseph Peter. He has two granddaughters that he held on a pedestal, Lindsey Carolyn Peter and Heather Odelia Peter-Carroll (Timothy); and two great-grandchildren, Coleton and Cian Carroll. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Alice Beavin; two brothers-in-law, Carl and Gary Cunningham; and by many nieces and nephews.

James is preceded in death by his parents; and by his siblings, Jack Gauer, Jean Davis, Bettye Gander, and Rosemary Schiff.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. A public gathering for friends and family will take place at 11:00 AM on Thurs, Oct 18, 2012 at The Old Mill Restaurant, 5031 New Harmony Rd., Evansville, IN 47720. Memorial contributions may be made in James' name to Deaconess Hospice, 701 Garfield Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710.


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  • Created by: Ms. Clyde
  • Added: 7 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100330907
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Gauer (14 Jul 1925–15 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100330907, citing Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Ms. Clyde (contributor 46994776) .