Levinus “Red” Bayer, 77, Jasper

Levinus “Red” Bayer, 77, of Jasper, died Thursday, February 14, at his home. He was born in St. Anthony June 19, 1941, to Jacob and Bertha (Gundel) Bayer. He married Lucinda “Cindy” Merkley November 15, 1975, in Jasper. She died April 16, 2010.

Red retired from Uebelhor and Sons, where he worked as a mechanic. He was a race car driver and mechanic and enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons take over his thrill of the sport of racing. He worked on lawn mowers, loved going to shooting matches, getting together with family and friends to play skip-bo, and dominos, and doing word find search puzzles.

He is survived by six daughters, Marla Wineinger and husband Terry, Dubois, Staci Hanselman and husband Mike, Ireland, Nicki Chandler and husband Brian, Santa Claus, Tara Seifert and husband Duane, Jasper, Tina O’Donnell and husband Dave, North Syracuse, New York, and Sandy Blair and husband Greg, Constantia, New York; five sons, Jeff Merkley and wife Cheryl and Vanis Bayer and wife Kim, all of Jasper, Kevin Bayer and wife Tara, Ireland, Brian Bayer and wife Kristy, Birdseye, and Scott Bayer and wife Leeann, Liverpool, New York; 24 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Bayer and wife Della and Ronald Bayer and wife Betty; and two sisters, Matilda Sturgeon and Loretta Jean Underhill and husband Dencil.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Steven Bayer, one granddaughter, Abby Beckman, four brothers, Floyd, Lloyd, Irvin, and Chester Bayer, and three sisters, Kathleen Crawford, Pauline Lane, and Ardella Pulley.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation in Care of Abby’s Corner, the family wishes, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. Rev. Rodney Bayer will officiate.

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