Donald W. "Doc" Baer, 89

Donald W. "Doc" Baer, 89, of rural Wabash, passed away peacefully, at 5:47 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at Wellbrooke of Wabash.  He was born Oct. 23, 1930 in Wabash, to Glen and Emma L. (Higgley) Baer.

Doc married Willamae Wearly in LaFontaine on June 21, 1950; she died Jan. 27, 2002.

He was a graduate of Linlawn High School. Doc worked several jobs to provide for his large family. He worked at General Tire, trucked eggs for Kroger Egg, and delivered propane for Urbana LP Gas, Emro, as well as Thermogas.

He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother. Hewas also a special "Uncle Doc" to several nieces and nephews.He was a member of the Richvalley United Methodist Church. Doc also belonged to the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, and the Fraternal Order of the Police, all of Wabash. He enjoyed making goodies for everyone, fishing, mushroom hunting, camping, but most of all spending time with his loved ones. 

He is survived by five children, Ron (Rhonda) Baer of Wabash, John (Theresa) Baer of Urbana, Rex (Pat) Baer of Wabash, Kevin (Jolene) Baer of Urbana, and Teresa Miller of Wabash;  daughter-in-law, Kitty Baer of Urbana; son-in-law, Eric (Michelle) Sinclair of Peru; 17 grandchildren, Troy (Stacy) Baer, Ty (Kim) Baer, Tracy (Nathan) Trump, Eric (Jenny) Baer, Lisa Curry, Vince Baer, Mallory (Bobby) Lynn, Ashley (Nate) Ledford, Emily (Steve) Myers, Nathan (Shelby) Baer, Tiffany (Bill) Brewer, Jared (Amy Lynn) Miller, Storm (Kaelea) Sinclair, Brad (Jami) Metzger, Brandy (Matt) Bell, Austin (Shelby) Sluss, and Rhys Sinclair; 36 great grandchildren, McKenzie, Jayden, Teagan, Toby, Tyson, Karmyn, Ava, Parker, Ethan, Audrey, and Bryson Baer, Kennedy, Chace, and Kelby Curry, Connor and Lacy Trump, Brock, Reid, and Lakin Ledford, William, Kaitlyn, and Kylie Brewer, Bella and Jentri Myers, Ava, Alexis, and Abby Lynn, Gracelyn and Weston Miller, Willa Sinclair, Caleb, Gabe, and Laney Bell, Marissa, Keaton, and Kyleigh Metzger, and Doc's sister, Patty Sue Sausaman of Wabash. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Dallas Baer; daughter, Janelle Sinclair; son-in-law, Duane Miller; granddaughter, Vanessa Baer; and two sisters, Peggy L. Bever and Phyllis J. Hawkins.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service with Brian Chamberlain officiating. 

Burial was in Falls Cemetery, Wabash.  Calling was Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

The memorial guest book for Doc may be signed at


Posted on 2020 Jan 21