Carl Edward "Sonny" Bayer Jr., age 78, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. He was born in Menasha on January 13, 1934, the son of the late Carl Sr. and Edith (Beisenstein) Bayer. After attending St. Mary High School, Sonny enlisted in the United States Army. After serving his country with honor, he worked for George A. Whiting Paper Company in Menasha for over 30 years until his retirement in 1996. He married his loving wife, Andrea Cox in Gillett. She preceded him in death in 1996.
In his earlier days, Sonny was a race car driver and he loved racing with his brother, James. Sonny was a huge Packers fan while living six houses from Lambeau Field. He never missed a football game. He loved collecting many things, but his Packer collection was always a favorite. He also enjoyed traveling, especially with his life-long best friend, Pinky.
Sonny will be sadly missed by his loving children: Patti (Tom) Henschel of Neenah, Carla Bayer of Appleton, Erica (Timothy) Miller of Green Bay; grandchildren: Allan, Pamela (Troy), Breigh, Alyssa, Caleb, great-grandchild, Brady; brother, James Bayer and sisters: Joan Neuman and Claire Zielinski. Sonny is preceded in death by his sisters: Carol Captain and Mildred Bayer.
Funeral Services for Sonny will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at the Martens-Laemmrich Funeral Home, 312 Milwaukee Street, Menasha, with the Rev. Rich Engel officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home for visitation from 5:00 pm until the time of service.