Edward J. Tauer
Edward J. Tauer, 88, of Springfield, died Saturday, March 19, 2016, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, March 23) at St. Raphael Catholic Church with The Rev. Phil Schotzko officiating. Interment will be in St. Raphael Cemetery with military honors by John Watson American Legion Post 257. The luncheon following interment will be in the Springfield Area Community Center.
Visitation from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Sturm Funeral Home Springfield Chapel continues today at St. Raphael Church from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.
Edward John Tauer was born February 4, 1928, in Springfield, Brown County, to Edward A. and Grace M. (Ryan) Tauer. He attended St. Raphael Catholic School and graduated from Springfield High School in 1946. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and returned to Springfield and the family business, Tauer’s Super Valu, following his honorable discharge. Ed was united in marriage to MaryAnn Schumacher on August 9, 1954, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Comfrey. Ed was a strong supporter of the Springfield community and served on the Hospital Board, State Bank of Springfield Board of Directors, as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Past Commander of the Springfield American Legion, and was a founding member of the Red Rock Ducks Unlimited Chapter and the Springfield Historical Society. He was equally supportive of St. Raphael Catholic Church where he served as a church usher, St. Raphael School Board, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the St. Boniface Society. Ed received the Bishop’s Medal of Honor in recognition of his many years of service to the church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the 4th of July, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Ed especially enjoyed spending time at their lake home on Lake Belle Taine.
He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn, of Springfield; sons, Tim (Barbara) Tauer, Paul (Pam) Tauer, and George (Michelle) Tauer, all of Springfield, Dan (Beth) Tauer of Maple Grove, and Bill (Shelly) Tauer of Tracy; daughters, Susan (Calvin) Wells, Marie (Dennis) Amsden, Ann (Mike) Rothmeier, and Amy (Randy) Baier, all of Springfield; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Jean Lamm of Chaska, and Kathryn Bruckbauer of Waconia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joan Schumann; and great-granddaughter, Katrina Wells.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.