Richard was a man of great Faith, a Cancer Survivor, cunning wit, and frequent joke teller. His laughter and love that was shared with his wife Donna and others allowed Richard to survive many critical illnesses. Richard's compassionate and servanthood heart for others allowed Richard to minister for years with the Baylor Medical Healthcare Systems of Garland, Plano and Carrollton Texas after retiring from the business community in 2007. Richard also served with multiple campuses of local churches such as Springcreek Community Church of Garland, Texas; Gateway Church of Frisco, Texas; and with countless other hurting and lost people in the Dallas Metroplex.
Many know our neighbor, Richard Baer, who conducts Bible Studies. Richard also is one of the Military Veterans of the Court, having served in the Missouri National Guard from 1963 until 1969.
Richard Baer, born in 1941, is the son of deceased parents Otto J. Baer and Maxine F Baer, of LaDue, Missouri.
He grew up in St Louis but after graduating from High School in 1959, he left Missouri to attend Grinnell College in Iowa, graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology. After receiving his degree. During college at Grinnell, Richard competed in platform diving and played ice hockey. Richard was employed by McBee Company (later Litton), in Accounting Sales. In 1969 he moved into the Health Care field selling Medical and Computer Equipment, retiring in June, 2007.
Meanwhile, in 1963, Richard Baer became a soldier. He enlisted in the Missouri National Guard and was assigned to the 138th Mechanized Infantry Battalion headquartered in St Louis. Later, in 1963, he applied for Officer Candidate School and was accepted. Three months later, 2nd Lt. Baer became a Platoon Leader in the 138th Mechanized Infantry. They trained with the 69th Brigade at Ft Riley, Kansas. One weekend in 1968, the outfit was put on "Alert." They were to be called up for transfer to Vietnam! The day after being put on alert, the Army began calling up individual units of the 69th rather than the entire brigade. Lt. Baer's unit was not called up. A year later, in 1969, Richard's tour of duty was completed and he left his soldiering days behind.
Richard's laughter provided healing for many including himself. Richard was frequently heard to say, "You can Laugh or You can Cry, but I choose to Laugh." Remember, life is full of choices and you are in the driver's seat. "If Nothing Changes, the Nothing Changes!"
Richard is survived by his wife, Donna Humphreys Baer of thirty-one years and his two daughters Rachel Baer Henderson of Conifer, Colorado, and Stephanie Baer of Carrollton, Texas Richard's surviving brothers are James F. Baer of Olivette, Missouri; Robert O. Baer of Flagstaff, Arizona: and brother-in-law Danny L. Humphreys of Midlothian, Texas; Nieces and Nephews include: Emily Baer Lischer of Omaha, Nebraska; Andrew Baer of Berkeley, Michigan: Samuel Baer of Alpina, Michigan; Benjamin Baer of Oak Park, Illinois: Ashlyn Humphreys of Addison, Texas; Scarlett Johnson of Midlothian, Texas, and numerous great nephews a nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made in honor of Richard to World Vision (888)-511-6548