Leonard Gus Baer

April 4, 1919December 21, 2012
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Leonard Gus Baer, 93, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Ontario. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28th at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Cremation arrangements and services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Leonard’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.

Leonard was born in Payette on April 4, 1919 to Ferdinand and Leondina Baer. He attended grade and high school at Payette and graduated in 1938. He married Alta Brown of Payette in 1945. They were married for 58 years and had a son and daughter. In 2005 he married Joyce Hargett.

Leonard joined the Navy in July 1938. He was a veteran of WWII and Korean War. He served aboard the USS Chicago and USS Cabot during WWII and aboard USS St. Paul during the Korean conflict. His ships participated in many major battles in the Pacific and received 12 battle stars in WWII and eight in the Korean War. He also served aboard the USS Keppler, USS Badoeng Strait, USS Sabine and USS Shangri La. He retired from the Navy after 20 years of service and moved to Payette in 1958.

He worked as a field man for American Fine Foods for 23 years and retired in 1983. His hobbies included yard work, gardening, traveling and fishing.

He was a member of Washoe Masonic Lodge AF & AM #28, Royal Arch Chapter #8, King Solomon Council #4, Fleet Reserve Association, V.F.W. Post #2738, American Legion Post #0033 and Elks Lodge #1690.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his son, Ken Baer (Marlena); his daughter, Sharon Worley (Tom); grandchildren, Andy Baer, Jenni Baer, Amy Worley, and Thomas (Delzia) Worley; great grandchildren, Eban Baer, Brynn Baer, Abigayle Baer, and Tylen Pavlousky; brothers, Vinnie Baer and Harold Baer; and a sister, Henrietta Barton. Also included as family are Joyce’s children, Ron and Sue Debban and family, Bonnie and Bill Smith and family, Judy and John Lockner and family.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, David, Edward, and Rein; one sister, Bertha; a granddaughter, Paige Worley; and a great grandson, Jacob Norris.

Leonard was a kind and loving person and will be missed. He was proud of his family and his country. Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ or Shriners Children’s Hospital, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.



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John Sattgast

May 11, 2013

Leonard was one of my most wonderful and favorite cousins. I have wonderful memories of him and my mother, Dorothy Fisher Sattgast, during Oster family reunions when I was a kid. Leonard helped get me a summer job at American Fine Foods when I was in high school. He was one of the last survivors of the USS Chicago, that went down during WWII in the South Pacific. I am fortunate to be a part of this family and have wonderful memories of Leonard, Aunt Leondina and Uncle Ferdinand, God bless you, Leonard.

Gerrie Ahrens Stults

December 31, 2012

Leonard was a delightful, kind man. I enjoyed visiting with him & Joyce at various Payette functions. I really enjoyed viewing Leonard's Photo Gallery on the S/J website. The Baer & Ahrens families were good friends when we all lived North of Payette. Ferdinand & Leondina were such special neighbors, as were Leondina's brother Vinny & Esther Oster. My brother "Skeeter", aka Norman Ahrens says he knew Harold best. I've enjoyed visiting with Harold & his buddy, Glen Crosby at area functions. I didn't realize until I read Leonard's obituary that his son Kenny was in my sister Pam Ahrens' PHS class of '65. Ralph Oster was my eldest brother Bob Ahrens/Sterner's buddy.

It's good that Joyce & Leonard enjoyed each other's company in their twilight years. Leonard couldn't hear very well, but he always had a big smile on his face & a warm hug whenever I saw him. Joyce, Kenny and the rest of his family will treasure their memories of this wonderful man.

Gerrie Stults

Kathy(Spaulding) and Jack Jones

December 27, 2012

Enjoyed working and knowing Leonard. He also had a hug for you. Let God surround you with his love and let the memories help heal your sorrow.

Peggy Fenicottero

December 26, 2012

With heartfelt sympathy, the Oster-Fenicottero Family thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We pray for family and friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to carry you through. I have the greatest memories of Leonard, always with a huge smile, a huge "Baer" hug and kind friendly words. My Grandpa W.E.Oster and Leondina Baer were brother and sister. Leonard and my father Ralph W. Oster were cousins. Those family reunions and family occasions were cherished memories for me.

Barry S

December 26, 2012

Goodbye to a good man who faithfully served his family, country and his God.