John Everett Baer was called home to his merciful Lord and Savior at 8:24 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014. Born Oct. 15, 1933, in Spokane, Washington, he lived in a number of places, including Hawaii, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
At age 16, he was adopted in Wabash by Rollo and Ruth Baer, and he graduated from Linlawn High School in 1951. While there, he met his wife, Lois Tyner, and they married in 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, and then earned a teaching degree at Manchester College (now Manchester University) in North Manchester, and received a master’s degree from Ball State University.
After beginning his teaching career in Wabash, he and his family moved to Kokomo, where John taught at Sycamore Junior High, and then was a guidance counselor at Haworth High School and later was the director of guidance and an English teacher at Northwestern High School. He retired in 1995 from Northwestern.
John loved God, he loved his wife and family, and he loved his church family at Judson Road Christian Church. Always a hard-working, dedicated person, John continued this lifestyle into his retirement. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the American Red Cross, and he devoted innumerable hours volunteering at church. He was well known for his sense of humor, which he enjoyed sharing with others.
John and Lois have four children, Michael (Kim) Baer, Karen (Richard) Foster, Lorinda (Mark) Sorensen, and Patrick (Lisa) Baer. Additionally, they have 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rollo and Ruth Baer, and an adopted sister, Marie Van Buskirk.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Judson Road Christian Church, 2006 W. Judson Road in Kokomo, with Steve Cole officiating. Burial will follow at Albright Cemetery. Friends may call upon the family from 3 to 8 pm. Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions can be made to Judson Road Christian Church or Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Stout & Son Funeral Home assisting with the funeral services.