George Samuel Baer was born on November 14, 1920 in Stutsman County, North Dakota, son of Rev. Samuel and Rose (Netske) Baer. He received his grade school education in the public school in Zeeland, ND. After attending Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobrige, SD for three years, he attended and graduated from D.M.L.C. high school department in New Ulm, MN in 1938. After graduating from Northwestern College in Watertown in 1942, he attended and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon in 1945.
On June 25, 1946, he married the former Carol Gieseke at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN.
His first call was to serve the Synodical Conference mission field in Calabar Province in Nigeria, West Africa. While on furlough to the United States he accepted a call in 1950 to serve St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hazelton, ND. From 1955 to 1963 he served Emanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN. From 1963 until his retirement in 1986, he served on the faculty of the former Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown teaching Latin and for a time also German.
Professor Baer was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Surviving are his daughter, Pamela (Robert) Schmutzler; grandson, Brent (Maria) Schmutzler and children, Chase, Paige and Aubrey, all of Watertown; and granddaughter, Tami (Jason) Pautz and children, Joshua, Jacqueline and Brock of Franklin. Also surviving are a brother, Paul (Carol) of Milwaukie, OR and two sisters, Marion Franzmeier of St. Paul, MN and Hazel (Wayne) Danner of Longville, MN. There are also many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his parents; two sisters, Isabel Voll and Lois Spaulding, and two brothers, Don and Tom.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to Luther Preparatory School or to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Watertown
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
The family would like to thank Rainbow Hospice for their loving care of George and kind support to his daughter and family.