Surprise Birthday Party for Ervin Bauer March 26, 2016
Forty members of the Bauer family celebrated Erv's 85th birthday at the Manning VFW hall on Saturday: those in attendance and not in any particular order - Megan Bauer, Kaitlyn Hast, Zoey Hast, Brayden Peitz, Hailie Hast, Caitlyn Andersen, Briley Peitz, Camryn Andersen, Ethan Hast, Heather Hast, Bryan Swanson, Jr., Morgan Bauer, Kevin Bauer, Susana Bauer, Maria Smith, Jacob Smith, Francis Bauer, Bailey Cantrell, Chasity Andersen, Nikki Peitz, Bill Hast, Bryan Swanson, Diane Bauer, Kenny Bauer, Melissa Bauer, Jim Bauer, Tim Smith, Keith Bauer, Chance Andersen, Patrick Skelton, and Brian Gaylord, Jason Bauer, Nathan Peitz, Kerry Bauer, Jeff Andersen, Michael Bauer, Nate Bauer, Jeff Bauer, Cain Andersen, and Jaydon Cantrell…the birthday boy, Ervin Bauer, is seated in front. Four members of the family were not able to attend: Katherine Smith, Mike Skalka, Megann Skalka, and Olivia Skalka

Ervin is the oldest son of John and Mary (Langel) Bauer. He was born March 28, 1931, at home in Willey. In September 1952, Ervin was drafted into the Army and spent fifteen weeks in boot camp at Camp Breckonridge, Kentucky. He was then stationed at Kaiserslautern, Germany, until his discharge in September 1, 1954.

Ervin married Marguerite Kanne on September 8, 1956, in Carroll. They farmed until 1966 at which time they moved into Manning. Ervin worked for Gambles and later for the Manning Regional Healthcare Center until his retirement in 1998.
They are the parents of six sons: Keith, Kevin, Jeff, James, Kenny, and Kerry.
Marguerite passed away June 20, 2005.