Richard Gordon Bainer
1959 - 2021
August 27, 1959 November 5, 2021
Richard Gordon Bainer, 62, of Colorado Springs, Colorado died the morning of Friday November 5th from complications of ALS. He was at home with hospice and passed peacefully in his wife's loving arms.
Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, Rick and his family moved to Staples, Minnesota in 1972. Rick attended the University of Minnesota, Duluth and graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Biology in 1982. He earned his master's degree in 1998.
He was preceded in death by his father Jack Edward Bainer Sr., his mother Georgia Louise (Rincker) Bainer and his brother Jack Edward Bainer Jr.
He is survived by: his wife Sarah Sharp; son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Samantha Bainer and grandson Joshua of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; daughter and son-in-law Karin and Branden Sampaio of Brighton, Colorado; brother and sister-in-law James and Angie Bainer of Moorhead, Minnesota; brother and sister-in-law Tim and Robin Bainer of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister and brother-in-law Nancy and William Berigan of Elmhurst, Illinois; nephew Nicholas Bainer, niece Megan Hensrud and nephew and niece Patrick and Margaret Berigan.
Rick moved to Colorado in 1982. He taught science and math at Lewis Palmer Middle School in Monument, Colorado for 31 years. He was a football and basketball coach for 30 years and a basketball officiate for 20 years. He was a member and past President of the Colorado Springs Basketball Officials Association. The lives he impacted through teaching and coaching are innumerable.
After retirement Rick traveled extensively from coast to coast. He was an avid golfer and played courses around the country. He was a nature lover and visiting National Parks was a sought-after pastime. He was a connoisseur of live music and classic rock and spent countless hours enjoying those pursuits.
His clever wit, kindness and infectious enthusiasm coupled with his brilliant mind and huge heart made him a wise, wonderful, and irreplaceable part of his family and a cherished mentor, friend, and colleague.
He will forever be remembered and treasured as a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, loyal brother, and a gifted and dedicated teacher.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday November 27th at 11:00 am at Lewis Palmer Middle School,
1776 Woodmoor Drive, Monument Colorado. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monument at a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter on-line at or mailed to 10855 Dover St. Suite 500, Westminster, CO 80021

Published by The Gazette from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
Lewis Palmer Middle School
1776 Woodmoor Drive, Monument , CO
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Sarah: Please know my thoughts are with you and your family in the loss of your husband. I so admire your commitment to his caregiving and support during his last days. Peace and support to you. I am hoping to meet you soon. Vivian
Vivian Littlefield
November 15, 2021
Rick was a tremendous guy. Gone way too soon.
Todd Hatfield
November 12, 2021
Rest In Peace my brother. Such a good person with a great smile. We did many basketball games together and I will cherish those memories.
Dave Pugh
November 12, 2021
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