In Memory

Gary Bahr

Gary Bahr

RACINE – Gary A. Bahr, 72, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

A lifelong resident of Racine, he was born on March 23, 1947, the son of the late Clifford and Norma (nee: Gunderson) Bahr.  He graduated from Washington Park High School, Class of 1965.  After graduation he served his nation with the U.S. Army.

Throughout the years Gary worked at various places including Don Hudson Chevrolet and All Saints Medical Center.

He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Christine (Jack) Nielsen of Mount Pleasant and Julie (Randy) Borzych of Waterford; his grandchildren, Cameron Cochran and Taylor Borzych; his sisters and brothers, Barbara (Andy) Poulson of Red Granite, WI, Joanne Thuriot, David Thuriot and Curt Thuriot all of Racine; his sister-in-law, Carole Bahr of Waterford; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Gary was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald Bahr, Terry Bahr, Craig Thuriot, and by his former wife, Marjorie Ann Bahr.

Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 for a visitation from 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.  A service honoring and remembering his life will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating.  His interment with military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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04/27/19 08:39 AM #1    

Carol Tyree (Haider)


Soo sorry to hear about Gary. We went to a couple of parties together. He was soo much fun. RIP Dear friend. Hugs! Carol  Tough to see our classmates passing.  Rich Krause such a nice guy too!  Hope they r both are smilin down on us  CH


04/27/19 11:31 AM #2    

Donald Piggins

Gary Bahr. I tackled him once in football practice and he said "Pig, it's only practice!" Another time he handed off to me in J.V. football for my only career touchdown. A long tall guy and he will be missed. Don

04/27/19 01:04 PM #3    

Kenneth Michael Holland

I was surprised to see that Gary Bahr had passed away. My memories of Gary were mostly of those times when we were in Junior High at Mitchell School.  In ninth grade Gary and I competed for a number of 'first string positions' on our football, basketball and track team.  At the time I thought we were fairly good friends aside from our rivalry until  one day when Gary told me that he was planning to tell Coach Obert (sp ?) that I smoked.  I was introduced to cigaretts when I first met Brian Peterson during the summer before 4th grade and we smoked whenever we could get our hands on a pack.  So when Gary threatened to spill the beans on me I decided that I'd better quit because I couldn't imagine lying to the coach.. Odd what sticks in one's mind after so many years have passed.  Anyway, it's sad to hear that another one of our classmates from junior high and high school has passed on.    Mike Holland




04/28/19 07:30 AM #4    

Kathleen Sidwell (Smullen)

A few of our classmates put on “detective” hats for the 50th reunion trying to reach out to as many classmates as we could. Distance and health issues were factors in many of the cases of classmates not being able to participate.  But I wonder if we tried hard enough to locate and reach out to those classmates that remained in the greater Racine area. Gary was one of those elusive ones. It would have been special seeing him at the reunion.  RIP Gary. 

04/28/19 07:31 AM #5    

Ronald "Bud" Gayhart

Gary and I would frequently walk home after 8th grade basketball practice at Mitchell, on one of those walks he said "I need to introduce you to Glenda Peterson" who lived a few blocks away from the school. Gary and I stopped there and the rest is history. Glenda and I will celebrate 52 years of marriage in June....Thank You Gary!

04/28/19 02:50 PM #6    

James Madsen

Over the last 50 years, I've only been back to Racine a few times. The last one was our 50th reunion. Every time I come back home, however, I always look up my good friend, Dan Hiatt. Inevitability, Dan would say "do you want to look up Gary"? Dan would almost always know where he was and off we would go. In most cases, we would find Gary in a local pub, drinking a beer and telling stories with his friends. Once he would recognize me, he'd jump back to 1964-65 and rant on about our JV football days. Gary had a natural athletic talent, I was always second string. Unfortunately, we both drank and smoked a lot, not very conducive to training. I quit drinking 41 years ago and smoking 35 years ago. Gary did not. I really wish he had. Will miss you Gary. And Dan, you stay healthy!!

04/29/19 06:52 AM #7    

Joel Sys

Gary Bahr was a decent guy, but a little devious at times. I ran into him a couple times over the years at local watering holes. Never changed too much over the years. Mike Holland, you spelled coach Obert's name correctly. You would not want to make him mad; for he liked to throw a softball or football at your head or maybe turn his German Shepherd dog on you. Coach married one of the English teachers(Kober, Koker) in 1960/61. 

05/03/19 09:13 AM #8    

James Jenkins

My best memory of Gary was several years after high school. He was working at Don Hutson, selling cars. I was home from Madison for some reason. It’s always been my habit to wander around used car lots when I don’t have anything else going on. I was at Don Hutson shooting the breeze with Gary and I spotted a late model American Motors AMX on the lot.  It was the hot model with the big V8, four on the floor and a red-white-and-blue paint scheme. 

I said I wondered what it would be like to drive that beast. Gary said “just a second,” ran in and grabbed the keys and said “take it away!” I told him no way was I going to buy that, or any, car. He shrugged and waved me on. I spent half the afternoon tooling around Racine in that muscle car, the most powerful car I’d ever driven. The rear tires were down to the threads, I’m sure.

Thanks for a fun afternoon Gary! May you Rest In Peace,

05/04/19 12:39 PM #9    

James Hunnicutt

My onlly memory of Gary was when he was hanging out with my younger brother Sky at Sunshine Bar and Grill while I was in Germany (1970-77).  Gary mentioned that he remembered me from high school as a decent athlete.   That made my day when Sky told me that..  RIP Gary.


05/04/19 01:44 PM #10    

Donald Piggins

--- lots of comments about Gary --- This is my 2nd. Yes he was more than a bit devious, a good athelete making many impressions on us over the years. I especially enjoyed Bud Gayhart's comment on being introduced to Glenda. Once again, R.I.P.Gary.  Don Piggins

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