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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Bryan V. Bayer

Issue Date: May 9, 2019

You never know how great someone's smile is until you can no longer see it. When a loved one leaves us, we gain a new role in life and that is to carry on their smile.

How do you describe such an amazing person? There is only so much space and we would love to write a book.

Bryan V. Bayer touched so many lives. One thing is for sure, as you read this you'll have a smile on your face remembering all the good times you shared with him.

Bryan was born on May 12, 1956 in Marinette, Wisconsin. His parents were Michael and Louise Bayer. Bryan was a lifetime resident of the Peshtigo area. He graduated as a Peshtigo Bulldog with many achievements in all of his sports including football, track and wrestling which was his true passion.

In 1977 Bryan married Linda Pelner (Pagel). They shared 13 years of marriage and brought two beautiful daughters into the world.  Charity Bayer and Chassey Kallman.

In 1985 they bought the Lake to Lake milk hauling business from his father. In 1994 he purchased his "HAPPY PLACE" in Middle Inlet. He built by hand his cabin from the ground up. So many memories were shared. This was a hunting camp. It turned into so much more. We will never forget the smile on his face when he caught the largest brookie from his very own trout stream.

In 1997 Bryan married Lynn (Larson) and they shared 21 years of marriage. Mya Jensen was the step daughter of Bryan.

November 30, 2018 all of our lives would change forever. Nobody truly understands what the word cancer means until you have lived it. The next five months was immensely emotional and heart breaking. Time was not on our side. We would not trade making these memories for the world.

Bryan was thankful for many things. He had several years that Charity resided with him. Those were such precious years and they taught each other many lessons and became strong together as daughter and Dad. There are no words to even explain the bond they had and the memories they created.

His daughter Chassey married Clay Kallman and they have two beautiful grandchildren, Kaida and Finn that he was blessed to share time with. Those two daughters gave him strength that he never knew he had.

Bryan enjoyed fishing on the bay with friends and family. Dart Ball tournaments, truck pulls and demolition derbies were highlights of how he liked to spend his time. His favorite and most memorable is deer hunting. This was a family shared memory that will live on forever.

Bryan passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by family on the morning of April 30, 2019. We would have given anything to keep you with us longer. Every time the birds sing or a butterfly lands next to us, we know you are reaching out. We will never stop making you proud.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Hi and bye for now.

Surviving Bryan Bayer: wife (Lynn Bayer), stepdaughter (Mya Jensen), daughter (Charity Bayer) (Jeremy Ellis), daughter (Chassey Kallman) (Clay Kallman). Grandchildren (Kaida and Finn). Siblings: Brenda Penkoske, Theresa Bayer, Robin Zeitler, John Bayer, Michelle Bayer, Michael Bayer and Dawn Goslin. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and so many friends will deeply miss you Bryan.

Bryan is preceded in death by his father Michael Bayer, dear friend Charlie Kahl, Steven Drees and others that were dear to his heart.

Bryan's family will be having a celebration of life held on: May 12, 2019  (Sunday) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Equity Hall located at W7403 Hwy 64, Pound, WI. Bryan would have been 63 on that day and he would have wanted us to have a beer for him. Feel free to wear flannel in honor of Bryan.

The family would like to thank the Augusta Rehab Center, Unity Hospice, Bay Area Medical Center, including all of the nurses and doctors, Friends & family that have truly touched our hearts in ways we did not know possible. All of your support has given us the strength to get through this and we will be forever be grateful. We can't thank you enough from the bottom of our hearts. 


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