Steven L. Gauer, age 63, of New London, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 21, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby with his family by his side from respiratory failure. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. www.petersonbrothers.com
Steven Lowell Gauer was born on January 20, 1958, in Willmar, Minnesota. He grew up in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School in 1976. He accepted Christ as his Savior June 12, 1965. As a young adult Steve loved playing football. He learned to play guitar on his own and later played in the band shakedown. Music was his passion, and he was an extremely talented musician, especially with the guitar. Steve was employed as a supervisor in the shipping department at Jennie for several years and later worked for Nelson Brothers Drywall as a drywall taper. He loved fishing, Viking’s football, and was a Minnesota Gophers fan. Steve was the true measure of a Christian (humble, kind, and generous). He had a soft heart for all of those in need. The sentence that describes Steve best would be... “he gave more than he took from this world”. Steve was loved by many dear friends.
Steve was married and divorced and from that marriage gained a daughter Kirissa, who was beloved by him. Their bond and relationship were paramount in his life and in hers. He had five grandchildren, Erick, Anthony, Bentley, Elizabeth and Tristan (and another on the way) who he adored and spent time with every day. His daily highlights were spending time with his daughter and grandchildren. As a family they enjoyed fishing, getting ice cream, and eating his homemade BBQ’s. Steve could be found every evening snuggling with at least one of his grandchildren. He also cared for the feral cats in the neighborhood and of those cats he had a special bond with Shadow.
Steven loved his family and he is survived by his three siblings, Kevin (and Chay) Gauer, Colleen Dold and Lee (and Michelle) Gauer; nieces and nephew, Jackie Bohline (Luke, Micah and Ethan), Megan Kloos (Tommy), Moriah Johannes (Mitch), and Mathew Gauer (Corin).
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Arlene and a brother-in-law, Richard Dold.