Rev. Guy R. Baer

Rev. Guy Richard Baer, 86, of Shippensburg, passed into eternal life peacefully at home attended by his four children on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

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 on July 17, 1934, in Eldred Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor Grace (Frey) Baer, on Sept. 1, 2020. He was also preceded in death by his parents, James Oliver and Ruth Elizabeth (Holtry) Baer, and six brothers and two 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, Virginia, seven grandchildren and 11 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 Mount Vernon UB from 1954 to 1955, assistant pastor of Etna Ave UB in Huntington, Indiana, 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 Street 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 a.m., with the service commencing at 11 a.m., 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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