James Bauer Sr.

James Bauer Sr. age 80, of Springfield, MN died on August 21, 2023, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel. A Memorial Service will follow visitation at the Funeral Home at 11:00 am.

The clergy will be Chaplain Noel Wetter. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

James “Jim” Bauer was born on August 11, 1943 the son of Phillip and Eileen Bauer at Mounds Park Hospital in St. Paul, MN. He attended and graduated from New Richmond High School in Wisconsin. He was united in marriage to Julie Leopold on February 2, 1976 in Minneapolis, MN. Together they moved around to different towns and eventually settled in Minnesota in 1992. Jim was a chef his whole life. He gained experience starting a restaurant in Florida and designing multiple kitchens in Las Vegas. He had many cooking opportunities in Minnesota including Jackpot Junction, The Kaiserhoff, and most recently the American Legion in Sanborn. In 2002, he opened his dream restaurant, J & J Corner Corral in Sanborn, MN. This was a family affair with his children and grandchildren, making memories together and serving the community until 2019.

Jim is survived by his wife, Julie; sons, Jimmy Bauer and son, Logan, Tony (Cryshall) Bauer and children, Shantell and Ean Bennett, and Bob Bauer and children, Presley, Gaige and Bentley Bauer; and a special love by no other animal, Luna Bear. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don Bauer, Dick Bauer, and Gordy Bauer.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Dementia Society of America or to plant a tree in Jim’s memory.