Reverend Guy Baer

Reverend Guy Richard Baer

Tuesday, July 17th, 1934 - Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
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Born July 17, 1934 Died April 21, 2021

Rev. Guy Richard Baer passed into eternal life peacefully at home attended by his four children.

Guy retired as a pastor in 1996 having served for over 40 years and was a member of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a member of the New Life Quartet. He attended St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chambersburg. Guy was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Guy was born in Eldred Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor Grace (Frey) Baer on September 1, 2020. He was also preceded in death by his parents, James Oliver and Ruth Elizabeth (Holtry) Baer, and 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

Guy is survived by his four children, The Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Baer (Ann) of Mechanicsburg, Karen S. Baer of Williamstown, Ruth A. Dietz (Chub) of Wexford and Kenneth D. Baer (Amy) of Mechanicsburg. He is also survived by his sister, Thelma Shannabrook of Newport News, VA., seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.

Guy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 and achieved his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1968. He served as pastor of Mt. Vernon UB from 1954 to 1955, assistant pastor of Etna Ave UB in Huntington IN from 1955 to 1958 and pastor of Pleasant Hill UB in Greencastle from 1958 to 1963. He ministered as pastor of Cold Springs UB in Fayetteville from 1963 to 1964 and assistant pastor of King St UB in Chambersburg from 1964 to 1966. He was associate pastor of St Paul UMC in Chambersburg from 1966 to 1970 and pastor of Greenwood UMC in Altoona from 1970 to 1974. Guy was Associate Director of the Central Pennsylvania Conference Council on Ministries from 1974 to 1981. He served as pastor of Shiremanstown UMC from 1981 to 1992 and Bellefonte Faith UMC from 1992 to 1996.

The celebration of Guy’s life will be held on Saturday May 1, 2021 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev John Kratz officiating. Family will receive friends at 10:00 with the service commencing at 11:00 followed by interment at Mongul cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Guy’s name to St. Paul UMC, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul United Methodist Church
    750 Norland Avenue
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 11:00am
    St. Paul United Methodist Church
    750 Norland Avenue
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    Rev. John Kratz
  • Interment

    Mongul Cemetery
    4162 Roxbury Road
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Penny Baer Dorand

Posted at 02:24pm
Penny (Baer) Helm Dorand

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family. I am so sorry that we cannot attend the services as we are still in Florida. Uncle Guy (my father Edgar's brother) was always my favorite uncle. It was an honor to have him perform the ceremony to marry my husband and I on Valentine's Day in 1965. I will always have fond memories of Uncle Guy and Aunt Eleanor. Their loving care and support were always there for all the family.

Penny (Baer) Helm Dorand

Emmett Kessinger

Posted at 08:58am
Our sympathy to the family of Reverend Guy Richard Baer. Many memories during our high school years
He was always there to help.

Barbara Kelly

Posted at 09:25pm
My deepest sympathy to Karen, Tim, Kenny, Ruth and the extended families for your loss. We all know that Uncle Guy and Aunt Eleanor are together in the presence of the Lord right now. It is so comforting to have that assurance. I pray that your memories will bring you much comfort now and in the future. I hope to see you all at the services. Barb and Rich Kelly

Maggie Emery

Posted at 06:16am
Ken and family, thinking of you and praying for you in this sorrowful time. May your memories comfort you. Maggie Emery

Peggy. Spengler

Posted at 06:05pm
What a great man and great family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks be to God for the resurrections of Jesus who has taken Guy home for all eternity and the assurance of His presence with HIM always. I will be with you always. until the end of time. Rev. Peggy Spengler

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