Jack E. Baer

March 21, 1930 ~ April 8, 2019 (age 89)



Jack E. Baer, 89, of Chesterton formerly of Royal Center passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso.

Born on March 21, 1930 in Logansport, he was the son of the late Floyd and Lila (Ward) Baer. 

Jack was a 1948 Logansport High School graduate.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War where he was Honorably Discharged in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant.

On May 30, 1953 he married Loa L. Fry in Royal Center.

Jack was a trainman for the Pennsylvania Railroad for over 40 years retiring in 1992.

He was a former Deacon and Elder of the Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center.  Jack was a past president and coach of the Royal Center Baseball League and he helped start the Royal Center Little League program.  Jack enjoyed baseball, fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Jack was a phenomenal family man.  He was a loving husband of 65 years.  He was devoted to his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  He always made you smile with his quick wit and funny jokes.  He will be remembered for being hard-working, generous, and an unwavering Cubs fan. 

Survivors include his wife, Loa L. Baer of Valparaiso, son, Bradley Allen Baer (Carol) of Branson, Missouri, daughter, Bobbi Sue Hall (Christopher) of Chesterton, daughter in law, Kimberly Baer of Chesterton, grandchildren, Jessica Baer (Jacob Nelson) of Evansville, and Andrew Hall (Katie Pawlicki) of Chesterton, step granddaughter, Lisa Stroud (Ken Whitford) of Branson, Missouri, and great grandson, Zachary Conlon of Evansville. 

He was also preceded in death by son, Dirk E. Baer and 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home & Crematory in Royal Center with Pastor Greg Arthur officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the funeral home.

Burial with Military Rites will be performed at the Royal Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Christian Church and/or the Boys and Girls Club of Chesterton, 521 W. 1100 N., Chesterton, Indiana 46304.

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April 11, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, RC

Funeral Service
April 12, 2019

10:30 AM
Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, RC

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