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.