Glasford – Harold Joseph Baer, 69, of Glasford, IL passed away at 4:49 AM Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Unity Point Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born March 7, 1946, in Peoria, to Samuel and Theresa M. (Gardner) Baer. Harold married Gail Gunzenheiser on July 17, 1967 in Normal. She died November 18, 2005.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Robert Baer; and sister, Theresa Mae Baer.
Surviving are sons, Todd (Renee) Baer of Glasford and Rick (Patti) Baer of Bartonville; grandchildren, Erik, Beth, Tyler, and Hannah; sister, Sue (James) Schlink of Bartonville; sister-in-law, Sue Baer of Warner Robins, GA; several nieces and nephews, including his niece, Teri (Dave) Vermillion of Yates City; two great nephews; aunt and uncle, Joe (Mary Lou) Gardner of Bartonville; aunt, Rozanne Helen Gardner of Peoria; and his constant companion, OT.
He received his Masters Degree in Education from ISU.
Harold was a teacher for SEAPCO, last teaching at the Bartonville Grade School building. After retiring from teaching, Harold was the Pastor of the Norwood Mennonite Church.
He was a Master Gardner for Peoria County Extension.
Harold was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, a Special Olympics coach; a SEAPCO Giants coach; and a volunteer at Camp Menno Haven.
He enjoyed woodcarving and reading to his grandchildren.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday, April 20th at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Bartonville with visitation two hours prior.
Pastor David “Doc” Johnson will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics or Camp Menno Haven.
To view Harold’s memorial DVD and submit online condolences to the family, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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