Henry V. Baer, 59, St. Cloud
October 24, 1954 - September 30, 2014
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 6, 2014 at Calvary Community Church in St. Cloud for Henry V. Baer of St. Cloud who went to be with His Lord on September 30, 2014 aged 59 years 11 months, at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota surrounded by his wife and three of his children after an excruciating struggle with prostate cancer and Cushing's disease. Pastor Mark Molesky will officiate. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud.
Family and friends may call after 12:00 Noon Monday at the church. Arrangements were made by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Henry was born October 24, 1954 in Tacoma, Washington to Alvin Lee and Edith Elaine (Victor) Baer, the fourth of six children. The family was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he graduated from Washington High School in 1972.
In 1976 Henry graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota with double majors in History and Classics. His mentor Professor Storvald inspired him to work on a kibbutz and on multiple archeology digs in Israel.
During the 1980's he managed the Baer's House of Quality furniture showrooms in Fargo, North Dakota, Rapid City, South Dakota and Billings, Montana.
Henry married Bernadette Marie Becker on August 6, 1988 in St. Cloud, Minnesota at the Gazebo at Munsinger Gardens by Pastor Mark Jerstad. Not only were they blessed with 26 years together, but also with five children: Daniel Becker 25 (Emily Carr) of Huntington Beach CA, grandson, Miles Patrick Baer; James Joseph 23 of Greeley, CO; Rebecca Rose 17, David Samuel 17, and Moses Micah 15 of St. Cloud, MN.
Henry's faith was central to the choices of his life commitment to his wife, children and service to Jesus. Henry worked hard at many vocations, but his passion in life was his love of Jesus and biblical history.
His faith motivated him to work with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in California in the early 1980's, with the homeless in Los Angeles and San Diego and at the Dream Center (a recovery center/half-way house) in St. Cloud, MN.
He attended with his family Christ Community in Greeley, CO. In addition, his children attended Day Spring Christian Academy as he believed a Christian foundation was the greatest gift he could give his children.
In St. Cloud, Henry and his family have been blessed to be a part of Calvary Community Church.
Henry spent many memorable hours fishing in Montana and Minnesota with his brother Al.
His great sense of humor and teasing were expressions of the joy he felt in life and others. Even in his last days, he would ask others about their lives and their problems. His greatest concerns in life were expressing his Love of Jesus in deeds and words; and to care and provide for his beloved family.
Additional survivors include his siblings Constance Baer Youngdahl of Brooklyn Park, MN; Christina Baer Carroll of Fargo, ND; Dr. Alvin (Sandy) Baer and Sarah (Baer) (Jim) DeWitt both of Sioux Falls, SD; Esther Baer of Fargo, ND; his mother-in-law Rose Austin Becker, of St. Cloud, MN; multiple cousins; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.