February 8th 1967 - April 2nd 2022
Richard “Jarhead” Bauerle earned his eternal wings on April 2, 2022, in the loving arms of his Wife, Christi “Kiki” Bauerle. Jarhead is survived by his parents, two sisters, his wife, two daughters, one son, and two grandsons. Jarhead left behind a legacy centered around Family, Honor, Sacrifice, and Advocacy.
Jarhead’s childhood was not without difficulty as he lived in foster care until the age of 12. At that time Pat and Steve Bauerle entered his life and adopted him. This was the moment that would change the course of his life, forever. He had a new lease on life with the support of two loving parents. In his own words “they saved my life”. Jarhead was eternally grateful for what Pat and Steve did for him as a teenager and always had the utmost respect and love for his parents.
It was because of his father, a US Marine, that Jarhead, himself, served his country in the United States Marines from 1985-1991. This is where he truly learned how to stand up for the oppressed, stick up for the little guy, and genuinely learned how to have a good time with friends. The years he spent in the Marines really cultivated his true self and taught him that even though the world may not always accept him, it was okay to be himself at all times. He was known to do things the hard way. He would call this “the Marine way” and laugh. A great deal of his life was certainly lived “the Marine way”, whether his doing or not, is up for debate.
As he got older, he started his own family with the birth of his son, followed by his two daughters, many years later. In 2013, he became a Papa for the first time when he welcomed his grandson into the world. In 2014, he began a purposeful journey to find love and an incredible mother for his daughters. He did just that when he re-acquainted himself with an incredible woman that checked all the boxes and then some and made her his wife in 2017. His family was completed in 2018 when Kiki officially adopted his girls as her own; Together they were all made whole. Family was everything for Jarhead, from sunup to sundown, every decision he made revolved around his family. He knew what he had was extra special because everyone came into his family by choice, and the bonds they built were stronger because of that.
In January 2018, Jarhead joined GOC San Antonio Chapter to continue his personal mission to put an end to Child Abuse. He was fully invested in the organization and mission from day one. His passion for helping children was only matched by his passion for going fast on his Marine Corp Red Harley Davidson. He was proud of his bike and what it stood for and wasn’t afraid to express this pride in the form of a burnout! He loved that his bike was a tool to help children regain their confidence and stand up to their perps, giving them the same freedom, he was able to find himself all those years ago. During his time with GOC, he served as a Prospective Member, Full Patched Member, Road Guard, Membership Coordinator, and Sergeant at Arms. His service to this Chapter has been incredible, there are so many parts of GOCSATX that have been improved, created, and cultivated because of him. This chapter would not be where it is today if it weren’t for Jarhead.
Jarhead embraced the Brotherhood of GOC just as passionately as he did during his military career. He consistently prioritized his brothers’ and sisters’ needs over his own because someone needed him more. No matter what the circumstances were he was there for you. He is what everyone could ever hope for in a brother and Friend. Loyalty and compassion without borders.
Jarhead will truly be missed in this world. He is definitely “one of the good ones”, a great example to everyone and a true Brother. He was an incredible husband, father, son, best friend, and advocate. The bonds he created, the lessons he taught, and the culture he created will forever be his Legacy that lives on in all of us.
“It’s not about the Legacy you leave behind; It’s about the one you share.” -Avo Uvezian
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