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Elmer R. Baer

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

self-employed contractor

Elmer R. Baer, 87, of New Tripoli, died Oct. 5, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

He and his late wife Carole G. (Fay) Germick Baer were married 31 years.

Born and raised on a farm in Weisenberg Township, he was a son of the late Elmer Sr. and Polly R. (Werley) Baer.

He previously had been married to Jean Peters of Allentown for 17 years.

Attending first and second grades in Rupp’s One Room Schoolhouse, he graduated from the former South Whitehall High School in 1948.

A self-employed contractor in the Lehigh Valley for many years, he enjoyed woodworking.

He honorably served his country as a corporal in the Army with the 505th Operations Detachment in Germany during the Korean conflict.

He was a member of the Ontelaunee Lions Club where he served as president several times and was treasurer since 2002.

He was District Governor from 2004-05 and received the Melvin Jones Award and a Progressive Melvin Jones Award from the district.

A lifetime member of Morgenland Church, Orefield, he served on the Consistory and was treasurer for several years.

His survivors include a son, Thomas R. and wife, Chris, of Stockbridge, Ga.; daughter Diane M. and husband, Russel Frantz, of Coplay, stepdaughter Eileen Germick of Hellertown; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son James T. and a stepdaughter Stephanie Kospiah.

Condolences may be offered at

Contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Arrangements were made by Keller Funeral Homes Inc., Fogelsville.