Rev. Robert D. “Bob” Baer

October 29, 1925 ‒ April 08, 2019

Columbia, South Carolina
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Reverend Robert Dale Baer of Columbia, SC, formerly of Marion, Ohio, passed away at the age of 93.  He was born October 29, 1925 in Lima, Ohio to the late Linus and Margaret Eldeen (Mort) Baer.  On December 4, 1948, he married Joanne Lee Corbin who recently preceded him in death.  They lived to celebrate 70 years of marriage together.

Robert (Bob) received his draft notice for military service in the Navy, in late 1943 after turning 18, but enlisted into the Marine Corps in MAR 1944.  His diploma from Harding HS was mailed to him at Camp Pendleton.  He served his country 2-1/2 years in the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater of WWII as a Corporal, Rifleman and Military Policeman. He arrived in the Pacific around the time of the Saipan Campaign and remained there till the surrender of Japan.  He remained in the Pacific through 1946 in the early occupation and reduction of US forces after combat operations had ended.

After returning home, he worked in Lima, Ohio then moved back to Marion and working at the Ohio Public Service Company where he met his future wife.  In 1956 he received his B.A. from Marion College, Marion, Indiana and in 1960 received his Master of Divinity degree, (MDiv), from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton.  After ordination by the Evangelical United Brethren Church, he humbly served in more than seven churches during his ministry, Columbus Grove being the longest at 14 years. His pastorates were in Findlay, Walbridge, Columbus Grove, Montpelier, West Independence and Amanda, Ohio, and Lyons, Georgia.  He served with impeccable honor for over 50 years as a Pastor, living his life with a servant’s heart of empathy and grace. He was a tremendous living example of exegetical integrity to the Christian faith.  He and Joanne were married for 70 years and had three children, Mark, John and Timothy.

Robert (Bob) is survived by sons, Mark A. (Linda) Baer of Powder Springs, Ga and CH (LTC) Timothy L. Baer, stationed at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Sarah Elmer (Jonathan), Stephen Baer (Sally), Rachel Beckler (Scott), Jason Baer (Jaclyn), Corbin Baer, Camille Baer, Hannah Baer, Abigail Baer, Timothy Joel Baer, and 12 great-grandchildren.  Preceding Bob in death, in addition to his wife, was his son, John Robert Baer, brothers Eugene and Edward Baer, and sister Dorothy Isett, as well as a niece and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, April 19, from 4 – 7pm at the Snyder Funeral Home, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center Street, Marion, Ohio.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 20, at 10:30am.  Interment will be at Waldo Cemetery with military honors.

The Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel, is honored to be serving the Baer family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Our deepest sympathy at this time. He is Geaven celebrating eternal life.

  • Our deepest sympathy at this time. He is Heaven celebrating eternal life.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a great loving servant of God! I have lots of great memories of his service in Columbus Grove.

  • We remember Pastor Bob and Joanne fondly from their time at West Independence. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and condolences to the entire family.

  • I Baruck Hashem, or ,I thank God I had Pastor Baer as my Pastor when he was Pastor at First United Methodist in Montpelier OH. He would often share some Hebrew words to the congregation and I remember a few of them. To me he was a great Pastor and spiritual leader at FUM Church. I am sure he will receive a lot of Treasure in Heaven for the time he was Pastor at FUM Church in Montpelier. Shalom, or peace be to all His family. To all his family I also say, you have my sympathy for the loss of a wonderful servant of God and Dad ,ect. This solace we have for all who knew him, that his soul is safe and secure in the loving arms of our great God and Savior Jesus for all eternity!

  • We remember when Pastor Baer & his family moved to Montpelier to be the Pastor at First United Methodist Church. He was an excellent leader & Pastor. He will have a special place in heaven. With our sympathy to his sons & their families!!!