John K. Baer, 70

John K. Baer of Grafton passed away on Oct. 1, 2011, while doing one  
of his most loved activities: hunting.  John battled a long fight  
with heart disease, which finally took his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Violet Baer; and  
his sister, Patricia.

He is survived by wife, Judy Baer; his children, Rob, Stephanie and  
Mike (Kate); and his granddaughters, Julia and Jaden Crawley; as well  
as a loving extended family.

Born on July 9, 1941, in Sheboygan, John graduated from Sheboygan  
North High School and went on to obtain a metallurgical engineering  
degree from the University of Wisconsin. Over the course of his  
career, John worked for General Motors in Saginaw, Mich., and several  
foundries in the Milwaukee area. He was most recently employed by  
Pentair in Sheboygan. Upon retirement he continued to work as a  
consultant to Pentair.

John was an active and founding board member of the Ozaukee Pheasants  
Forever.  Over the course of his life, John enjoyed riding  
motorcycles, learning to fly and spending time outside on his land.  

He was a man who embraced his role of husband, father and grandfather  
and his devotion ran deep. His lifelong thoughtfulness touched many  
and will be deeply missed. He was always there for others yet on his  
last day he put himself first and died exactly as he wanted to Ė  
outside with his boots on, a gun in his hand and his dog by his side.
Upon Johnís request, there will be no visitation or memorial service.

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Judy Baer, 915 17th  
Ave., Grafton, WI 53024.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to  
the Ozaukee Chapter of Pheasants Forever/Education Program. Checks  
can be made out to: Ozaukee Pheasants Forever Chapter 680 and mailed  
to: Paul Smith, 1291 Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095.