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Donald Bauer
  • September 24, 1948
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  • September 11, 2022

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In Loving memory of Donald James Bauer

September 24, 1948 – September 11, 2022
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Donald J. Bauer, of Port Orange, Florida passed away peacefully at home September 11, 2022 from COPD at the age of 73 with his devoted, loving wife, Linda by his side.

Don was born in Pittsburgh, PA and met Linda in California in the mid 70’s and then they separated in 1978.

40 years later Don went searching for Linda, sparks flew once again and they reunited 7 years ago to start a beautiful new life in Florida. Their Love story was so romantic, Don had carried a picture of Linda from 1975 and they both realized it was their destiny to be together.

Don was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted in 1966 for 3 years and was with the engineers in Vietnam.
He was very proud of the 9 medals he received:

1. Vietnam Campaign Medal
2. National Defense Service Medal
3. Vietnam Service Medal – 3 Bronze Stars
4. Combat Action Ribbon
5. Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
6. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
7. Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon
8. Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
9. Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Vietnamese Civil Action Award
plus Rifle Marksman Badge

Don was in the finance industry both in California and Pennsylvania until he retired in 2001. Later he helped place foster children with suitable families for about 5 years.
He was adopted when he was 2 years old, so this work was very close to his heart. He was so grateful to connect with his son last year, who was also adopted in 1968.

He loved life, was so witty, was kind and he was always laughing and joking around. Don will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He wished to be cremated in Florida and his ashes sent home to Pittsburgh for his final resting spot at the VA cemetery.


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  1. Linda posted an image:
    24 Sep 2022
    9-24-22
    9-24-22

  2. Linda posted an image:
    24 Sep 2022
    Sweetheart, I cherish all the great memories we had, but I miss you so much.  Luckily these wind chimes blowing in the wind do comfort me until we meet once again my Love.
    Sweetheart, I cherish all the great memories we had, but I miss you so much. Luckily these wind chimes blowing in the wind do comfort me until we meet once again my Love.

  3. Linda posted an image:
    24 Sep 2022
    Happy 74th birthday my Love! <br />
Even though you are no longer here physically, I will always feel you close to my heart.  Here is our favorite birthday cake.
    Happy 74th birthday my Love!
    Even though you are no longer here physically, I will always feel you close to my heart. Here is our favorite birthday cake.

  4. Linda posted an image:
    22 Sep 2022
    Don never liked taking photos even back in the 70's. Fortunately I recently found this 1977 picture of us in California. We always did love hanging out together.
    Don never liked taking photos even back in the 70's. Fortunately I recently found this 1977 picture of us in California. We always did love hanging out together.

  5. Linda says:
    22 Sep 2022
    Dearest Sisters, Sister Friends, Family and to all those who have reached out to me during this surreal time. Your kind words, support and gestures have deeply comforted me and I love and appreciate every single one of you.

    Today it is 11 days since my Sweetheart passed on 9-11-22 at home. Certain numbers keep showing up for me and I know for a fact that is never an accident. My dear Mother's passing taught me that.

    I will forever miss him, but he is always in my heart and I know that he knew that. His spirit is very strong and he has made his presence known many times and I am so grateful for that.

    I know you are at peace my Love and our love story will never be over.

  6. Lillian says:
    21 Sep 2022
    Linda, I’m glad that you and Don were able to reconnect after so many years apart. It truly was a love story come true. I know you will miss him but you have great memories of your life together since that reconnection. You were both blessed to have each other. Love, your sister Lillian.

  7. Lillian says:
    21 Sep 2022
    Linda I’m glad you and Don were able to reconnect after so many years apart. It truly was a love made in heaven. I know you will miss him but you have good memories of your time together. Let me know if you need anything I am here for you love Lillian.

  8. Rosemary Mason says:
    20 Sep 2022
    Sister, so beautiful was the relationship you and Don shared. You were his world and he was yours. He was truly one of a kind. I'm here for you if you need anything.

  9. Rosemary Mason lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 20, 2022 at 9:04:26 PM

  10. Linda posted an image:
    20 Sep 2022
    Jason, thank you for the BEAUTIFUL flowers! You are so sweet,  Love you
    Jason, thank you for the BEAUTIFUL flowers! You are so sweet, Love you

  11. Lynn lit a candle:
    18 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 18, 2022 at 9:17:29 AM

  12. Norma lit a candle:
    17 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 17, 2022 at 9:05:50 PM

  13. Norma says:
    17 Sep 2022
    Don was a very special man. He was very kind, intelligent and loved Linda with all his heart and soul since way back in the 70s. I am so glad that they were able to reconnect and pick up where they left off. They had a very special love for one another. Every year on Linda's birthday, he would bring her flowers and a special birthday cake. This year, even though his health was failing, he still ordered Linda flowers and a cake to be delivered to her. That goes to show you that Don was a very kind and loving man. I know he is waiting for Linda to join him in the future.

  14. Patricia lit a candle:
    16 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 16, 2022 at 9:50:57 PM

  15. Patricia says:
    16 Sep 2022
    Don and my sister created a heaven on earth just perfect for the two of them. Don was such a very special person to have made their life together so happy, secure and beautiful. Our deepest condolences, Bill and Patricia

  16. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don was thrilled when his biological son, Paul recently found him after 53 years. <br />
Paul came to our home here in Florida for their first visit last year for Don's birthday on Sept 24, 2021.<br />
<br />
He was very thankful Paul was able to come here and visit last week during his final days. <br />
<br />
Don wanted to personally give him some  treasured mementos for him and the twin grandchildren that he unfortunately never got the chance to meet.<br />
<br />
Don always wanted to experience a true close relationship with a real blood relative, something he craved for ever since he was adopted at 2 years old.<br />
Thank God, his son, Paul made one of his biggest wishes come true. Don loved having a father-son relationship for the first time.<br />
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Also, his newly found biological 1/2 sister also fulfilled his wish for a family who truly cared and kept in touch. <br />
Thank you Sandy, he just loved having a baby sister and always looked forward to all your calls!<br />
<br />
Thank you for everything Paul, your Dad was so proud of the man you became. He felt your love and you felt his when it really counted.<br />
Love, Linda
    Don was thrilled when his biological son, Paul recently found him after 53 years.
    Paul came to our home here in Florida for their first visit last year for Don's birthday on Sept 24, 2021.

    He was very thankful Paul was able to come here and visit last week during his final days.

    Don wanted to personally give him some treasured mementos for him and the twin grandchildren that he unfortunately never got the chance to meet.

    Don always wanted to experience a true close relationship with a real blood relative, something he craved for ever since he was adopted at 2 years old.
    Thank God, his son, Paul made one of his biggest wishes come true. Don loved having a father-son relationship for the first time.

    Also, his newly found biological 1/2 sister also fulfilled his wish for a family who truly cared and kept in touch.
    Thank you Sandy, he just loved having a baby sister and always looked forward to all your calls!

    Thank you for everything Paul, your Dad was so proud of the man you became. He felt your love and you felt his when it really counted.
    Love, Linda

  17. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    The fabulous fireworks show seen from our very own private backyard will always remind me of you, my Sweet Lover. <br />
You always made my heart flutter my Prince Charming.
    The fabulous fireworks show seen from our very own private backyard will always remind me of you, my Sweet Lover.
    You always made my heart flutter my Prince Charming.

  18. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Beautiful flowers are arriving from some loved ones. Thank you so much!
    Beautiful flowers are arriving from some loved ones. Thank you so much!

  19. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Thank you Sis,  you helped me so much through his critical journey this year and I am forever grateful. Love you
    Thank you Sis, you helped me so much through his critical journey this year and I am forever grateful. Love you

  20. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Yes, my dear friend Lynn, we were so lucky to feel such a great Love
    Yes, my dear friend Lynn, we were so lucky to feel such a great Love

  21. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    You were the cutest baby!
    You were the cutest baby!

  22. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    1966
    1966

  23. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    1966 USMC
    1966 USMC

  24. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Marine Corps Vietman medals
    Marine Corps Vietman medals

  25. Linda posted an image:
    15 Sep 2022
    Your Teddy will continue to be loved my Sweetheart
    Your Teddy will continue to be loved my Sweetheart

  26. Linda says:
    15 Sep 2022
    Don, my Dear Sweetheart, I want to thank you for coming back into my life after all these years.

    Even though our time together was very short, we both always felt so blessed that we had another chance for Love, Laughter and Living a great Life during our senior years.
    Everybody who knew us, could see how much we truly loved each other.

    It was obviously a match made in Heaven and I am forever grateful for all the beautiful moments we shared this time around.

    I will Love you for eternity.
    btw, you have already left me several signs that your loving spirit is still close by!
    I asked you to do that during your final hours, and you have.....Thank you my Love

    Until we meet again, your one and only true love and soulmate,
    Linda
    XXXX
    OOOO

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