John C. Bauer

  • Born: March 1, 1918
  • Died: September 5, 2019
  • Location: Burlingame, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family

John Christian Bauer, a longtime Burlingame resident, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 5, at his home. He was 101.
He was first of four children born to Norwegian immigrant parents Karsten and Lina Bauer in Boston, Massachusetts. He was 15 when the family moved to Burlingame. He graduated in 1936 from Burlingame High School.
John enlisted in the Army in World War II and was stationed in Iceland. He served in the Army Reserve after the war.
He met Jean Robertson in 1945 in Ridgewood, N.J., and they were married Dec. 14 that year in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Burlingame. They lived in Belmont before moving in 1958 to Burlingame. In 1974, they moved to a condo near downtown Burlingame where they could hear the bells of St. Paul's.
Jean and John had one daughter, Carol Louise Bauer, born June 22, 1956.
John worked for 35 years for Bell Carter Olives, retiring in 1971 as a national sales manager.
He was known for his cheerful and positive attitude and good sense of humor. He showed kindness and caring to family, friends and others he encountered. "He was noble and humble at the same time," daughter Carol said.
John is survived by daughter Carol Bauer Nowlin of Burlingame; son-in-law Lonnie Roy Nowlin of Burlingame; granddaughter Hailey Jean Nowlin of Burlingame; and great-grandson Nikolas King Nowlin of Burlingame.
Also surviving are nephews and nieces Erik Nielsen of San Mateo; Kurt Nielsen of Anaheim; Linda Kislingbury of Novato; Graham Kislingbury of Albany, Oregon; Susan Beck, Nancy Wilson, Barbara Youngblood and Jack Robertson, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ralph Bauer of Lubbock, Texas; and John Bauer of Wyckoff, New Jersey; and cousins Karen Nuthmann of Deland, Florida; and John Petraborg of Georgetown, Massachusetts.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Jean; grandson Cody Scott Nowlin; niece Sharon Kislingbury, brother Ralph Bauer and sisters Edna Nielsen and Dorothy Kislingbury.
Memorial contributions can be made to Call Primrose in care of Crosby N. Gray & Company Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
No services are planned.

On Saturday, September 28, 2019 at approx. 8:45-9:00am Maui Time, before 12noon California time, an ash spreading ceremony will take place off Kamaole Beach 2 for Jean King Bauer, John Christian Bauer and Cody Scott Nowlin. I am joined by my dear friend Barbara Ann Guiver Bacon. It was my parents' request that once they passed, rather than have a memorial service, that I bring their ashes to Maui and spread them in the ocean. My parents adored Cody, so he will join them on this adventure. Please say a prayer, blessing, a good thought, whatever you are comfortable with in honor of these three amazing people. Mom passed on September 30, 2011. Cody passed on February 23, 2015 and Dad just passed on September 5, 2019. If you knew any or all, you are truly blessed. Thank you for your love and friendship as I close this chapter, preparing to begin a new one.
Blessings to you always in all ways.
-Carol Louise Bauer Nowlin


If the cat hadn't jumped on my bed and suddenly woke me up, or if I'd slept through Hailey's call, "I had a dream, go check on Pops!"

I wouldn't have been there, by his side, holding his hand tight, And listening to his breathing, that didn't sound quite right.

I saw a Glimpse of Heaven in my father's eyes.
They had been closed for days, then slowly opened wide.

I asked if he saw Mom....Cody, Jesus, God He moved his lips and smiled, confirming he saw ALL.

The Kiss From God is a blessing, for the one who sits bedside, Watching your loved one pass away before your very eyes.

He grunted as his body jerked, his spirit freed, took flight.
At 101, September 5th at 3:15am
he finally gave up the fight.

His body may have failed him, but his mind was clear and sharp.
I wonder if the angels sang
and the cherub played the harp.

As he entered into the Kingdom he was welcomed by heavenly forms, who had gone long before him, now there with outstretched arms.

I saw a Glimpse of Heaven in my father's eyes.
I have no fear of the great beyond.
I will surrender when it's my time.

I know that he will be there
with those out of sight, but not mind.
And welcome me into eternity as I leave this world behind.

When it's your turn dear ones
and your time on Earth is done.
Pray for a Glimpse of Heaven,
as your battle is finally won.


Below is a link that shows the special tribute that was done for Mr. John C. Bauer...