Gerhard (Butch) Bahr, 79 | Obituary


September 20, 2021

Gerhard (Butch) Bahr, 79, of Hutchinson, died suddenly on Monday, September 20 at Hutchinson Health from complications from COVID pneumonia. The Service of Life Celebration is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 20, at Riverside Assembly of God, 20924 State Highway 7, Hutchinson. Visitations are from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., one hour before the church service. Lunch will follow the service. There will be a private family burial at Oakland Cemetery.

Butch was born on January 7, 1942. He was the son of Amelia Bahr. Butch was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Peace Church in Hutchinson.

During his high school years he worked a variety of jobs, such as helping farmers baling hay, fieldwork, and delivering milk for Oak Grove Dairy before going to school in Grade 9. time. He also worked at the Red Owl grocery store, where he stocked shelves and take out food. He graduated in 1960 from Hutchinson High School. In school, Butch took part in wrestling and football.

On October 7, 1961, Butch married his high school girlfriend, Evelyn Henke. They would have celebrated 60 years.

Butch worked for the Frederickson Well Company for two years, and in the fall of 1963 he entered Dunwoody Technical College in Minneapolis. From 1965 to 1972, he worked at Electrical Union 292 and obtained his Masters in Electrical. He partnered at Hutchinson with Dewey Anderson and called their company A&B Electric. A&B was dissolved in 1995. Butch and Evie formed GEB Electric Inc. in 1995. Butch would retire in February 2022.

The family participated in a Lowell Lundstrom Crusade in Hutchinson in 1976 where they renewed their commitment to Jesus Christ as a family. Since then, they have attended Riverside Assembly of God Church.

Butch loved his fishing trips with his friends and family. Grandfather’s fish fries were always the result of those fishing trips. These fish fries will be truly missed. In the past, he also went hunting deer and poultry. Butch and Evie enjoyed camping and snowmobile trips with friends.

He and Evie have traveled in the United States and abroad. On the occasion of their 25th anniversary, they took a cruise in the southern Caribbean. Their 50th birthday took them to Alaska on a special fishing trip. They also traveled to Mexico, Hawaii, Jamaica for the wedding of their granddaughter Stephanie and Zach, and to Japan for the wedding of their adopted son Mark and Namie. Their timeshare at Breezy Point each February was a very special family fun week to be together. His family meant everything to him and he enjoyed every moment he spent with them. He loved it when his little great-grandchildren would run into his arms to give him hugs and kisses.

Butch and Evie were blessed with two amazing children, their daughter Shawn and their son Mark. In 1984, they chose to welcome a 5-year-old boy, Mark Morgan from Minneapolis. He is still part of the family.

Butch is survived by his wife Evelyn, his children Shawn (Bahr) Rockwell and her husband Winthrop III of Blaine, Mark Bahr and his special friend Cori Black of Plymouth, and Mark Morgan and his wife Namie of Tokyo, Japan; grandchildren, Leslie (Rockwell) and her husband Eric Judge of Oakdale, Stephanie (Rockwell) and her husband Zach DuBois of Blaine, Winthrop Rockwell IV and his wife Shelby of Brooklyn Park, Ellie Bahr and her fiance Troy Mayon of Plainfield, Illinois, Ian Bahr from Chicago, Illinois, and Kyla Morgan from Tokyo, Japan; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Roman and Adalyne Judge, Eva and Blake DuBois, Xander and Mackenzie Rockwell, and Tamaya Bahr; sister Ernestine (Penny) and husband Shannon Beem of Hutchinson; brothers, Gary Bahr of Bakersfield, California, and Michael Piepenberg and wife Catherine of The Villages, Florida; loved by many cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his mother Amelia; stepfather Floyd Anderson, stepfather Fred Henke; stepmother Sophie; brothers-in-law, Roger Henke and Brent (LaVonne) Constans; sisters-in-law, Charlene (Jerry) Henke and Mavis (Alvin) Henke; and five great-grandsons of Leslie and Eric Judge.


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