Irvin R. Bauer, a retired Baltimore firefighter and World War II veteran, died of acute myeloid leukemia Wednesday at his Westminster home. He was 87.

The son of John Bauer, a taxi driver, and Evelyn Yealdhall, Irvin Russell Bauer was born and raised in West Baltimore. He attended city public schools.


He served in the Navy as a rifle instructor during World War II and later served in the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Bauer joined the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1954 and served for most of his career at Engine House No. 6 at Gay and Ensor streets. At the time of his retirement in 1978, he was assigned to Engine 54 at White Avenue.

The longtime Westminster resident was a duckpin league bowler. He enjoyed gardening.

He was an active member of American Legion Post 31 in Westminster.

His wife, the former Mary Agnes Schultz, died some years ago.

Funeral services were held Monday.

Mr. Bauer is survived by a son, Russell M. Bauer of Baltimore; two daughters, Gail Henderson of Delta, Pa., and Sharon Costa-Merkel of Westminster; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Another son, Mark G. Bauer, died in 2002.