James Earl Baer

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James Earl Baer, 82, of Washington, died Thursday, November 15, 2012, in Donnell House, following a one-year illness.


He was born March 8, 1930, in Washington, a son of Kelsey and Elizabeth Burt Baer.


Mr. Baer had been a machinist for 38 years, working first at McGraw Edison and later at Cooper Industries.


He had once been a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting, including archery hunting.


A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Baer served during the Korean War from April 27, 1948, until his honorable discharge April 16, 1952. For his service, he was awarded the Japan and Korea Occupation Medals, and the Korean Service Medal with five bronze stars.


In March 1953, he married Virginia Longstreath, who died in June 1986.


His second wife, Mary McKinney, survives.


Also surviving, are a daughter, Danise (Melvin) Gregg of Fredericktown, and a grandson, Daniel (Tami) Gregg.


Deceased are a brother, John Baer; four half brothers, Boyd Baer, Richard Baer, Kenneth Trautman and Donald Trautman; and a half sister, Virginia Trautman.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Home Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, November 19, with the Rev. Cliff Reynolds officiating.


Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded graveside by Edwin Scott Linton Post 175 of the American Legion.


Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.


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