BAYER CHARLES M. Age 89, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Frances Clark; father of Anne (John) Burke, Charles Jr. (Joan), and Katherine (James) Greiwe. He is also survived by seven grand-children: Erin and Patrick Burke; Kelly, Charles III and Colin Bayer; and Clayton and Alexandra Greiwe. He was predeceased by his brothers, Walter Bayer and Peter Bayer, and sister, Mary Burns. Mr. Bayer was born June 13, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan to Walter Anthony Bayer and Irene Marschner Bayer. He graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School where he was class valedictorian. He also graduated from Michigan State University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. He was a senior partner in the Detroit law firm, Moll, Desenberg, & Bayer, and later joined Clark Hill of counsel where he practiced until his death. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was stationed in the Azores Islands where he operated an experimental radar system that guided aircraft landings. Sailing was Mr. Bayer's passion. He participated in 56 Bayview Mackinac races, winning seven, and earning the coveted designation of "Grand Ram." He and his crew aboard his beloved "Old Bear" were awarded the U.S. Coast Guard's highest civilian Public Service Commendation for the rescue at sea of the "Tomahawk" crew during a storm in the 1985 Mackinac Race. He served Bayview Yacht Club as Commodore and was active in the Club, serving on numerous boards and committees, until his passing. Mr. Bayer was a Director of several Michigan corporations, including Commercial Steel Treating Corporation, Curtis Metal Finishing Company, St. John Northeast Community Hospital, and St. John Health System. He was a Founder-Trustee of the Grosse Pointe Academy and served on the Lay Advisory Board of the PIME Missionaries. He was also a past president of the Detroit Athletic Club. The family is accepting visitors at Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park, on Sunday, March 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 3, at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Donations may be made to the PIME Missionaries, 17330 Quincy St., Detroit, MI 48221-2749, or the Bayview Yacht Club Junior Sailors, 100 Clairpointe St., Detroit, MI 49215.
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My kids and I will miss seeing you at the St Paul masses, Commodore. Our prayers are with your family. Rest in peace. Love, Monica, Sammy, Katie Leigh and Kimberly