The Rev. Gary Lyle Baer, 76


The Rev. Gary Lyle Baer, 76, died peacefully on Aug. 31, 2018, at his home. He was born in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of the late Alma (Frampton) Baer and is survived by his father, Glenn Baer of Westminster, Md.

Baer was a 1959 graduate of Baltimore City College and a 1963 graduate of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was one of the first student-body presidents to lead a demonstration on a college campus. He received his master’s degree in divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1966.

He was a pastor at both Buckingham Presbyterian Church in Berlin, Md., and Faith Chapel Presbyterian Church in Libertytown, Md., for 32 years, and prior thereto he was a pastor at Dickinson Presbyterian Church outside Carlisle, Pa., and associate pastor at Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Baer had been a member of and volunteered his time for many organizations, including the New Castle Presbytery, Worcester Youth & Family Counseling in Berlin, Md., Worcester Chorale, Jaycee’s in Berlin, Md., and Kiwanis in Carlisle, Pa. He was an avid reader and baseball card collector since childhood. He kept statistics on every sporting event imaginable.

Baer is survived by his wife Susan (Spangler) Baer; daughter, Michelle Badolato and her husband, James, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; son, William Meadows of Ocean View, Del.; grandchildren, Addison Badolato and Emma Meadows; a brother, James Baer and his wife, Sally, of Frederick, Md.; a brother-in-law, William Spangler of Huntington, Md., and his fiancée, Sara; three nephews and a niece; and many loving cousins.

Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, from 4 to 7 pm. at Burbage Funeral Home, 108 William Street, Berlin, Md. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Ocean View Presbyterian Church, 67 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. Friends may call also call there starting at 11 a.m. The Rev. Terrence Dougherty will officiate, and the Rev. David Park and the Rev. Jackie Taylor will be co-presiding. Interment will be in Blackwater Presbyterian Cemetery, Millville, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ocean View Presbyterian Church; 67 Central Ave.; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.burbagefuneralhome.com.