Belva J. Bauer, 89, of Hawkeye, died Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union, following a lengthy battle with melanoma.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye with Rev. Jason Princer officiating. Interment will be at the Hawkeye Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday.
Belva June, daughter of Nicholas and Tillie Beckler Earnest, was born June 9, 1923, in Seward County, Nebraska. As a teenager she moved with her family to Pekin, Illinois where she graduated from high school. She spent one year in California working for Lockheed and returned to Pekin. On February 28, 1946, she was united in marriage with Newton A. Bauer. A resident of Iowa since 1960, Belva was employed as a soil conservation clerk with the Department of Agriculture in West Union. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye, the United Methodist Women, the Legion Auxiliary and served on the Hawkeye Library Board. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, gardening, reading, and playing games.
In addition to her husband of Hawkeye, Belva is survived by four children, Roger (Peggy) Bauer of Cumming, Georgia, Richard (Jane) Bauer of Kensett, Iowa, Gerald (Susan) Bauer of Oelwein, and Kathleen (Doug) Bauer-Davis of Hawkeye; six grandchildren, Gennie Anderson, Julie (Robert) Neelbauer, Christopher Bauer, Sarah (Brian) Riedel, Elizabeth Sunnes, and Marshall Sunnes; and one brother, Walter (Lillian) Earnest of Pekin, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Edgar, Raymond, and Richard; and one sister, Elsie.