Richard A. Baer
July 15, 1937 ‒ May 12, 2019
Richard A. Baer, age 81, of Gambier passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on July 15, 1937 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to the late Arthur and Ethel (Deppe) Baer. Richard came to Ohio in 1959 after serving four years in the United States Army. He was employed at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company from 1959-1975.
Richard was sworn in as Mayor of Gambier, Ohio on January 3, 1966 and was one of the youngest mayors in the State of Ohio. He served until May of 1989 when he resigned and was appointed Village Administrator. He retired from being the Village Administrator on March 31, 2000.
Some of Richard’s accomplishments while working with the Village of Gambier where; 1969 he started police protection with a full-time county deputy, 1976 rebuilt village water system and contracted with Mount Vernon City for water service, 1977 purchased the Gambier Elementary School and had it remodeled into becoming the Gambier Community Center, 1978 started the Gambier Library, 1988 started village-wide recycling program, 1989 computerized the accounting system, water and sewer records and billing for the village, between 1994 and 1996 helped design and oversee the construction of a 3.7 million dollar sewer plant upgrade.
Richard was a member of the Gambier Volunteer Fire Department from 1963-1988 and was one of the original group of volunteers. He was a chairperson of the Regional Planning Commission for Knox County for three years and then its full-time director for ten years. Most recently he volunteered and ran the Knox County Genealogy Library. Richard was also a member of the Gambier United Methodist Church.
Richard is survived by his wife, of over 56 years, Mary “Frankie” Baer; his son Bill (Yvonne Sanson) Baer; three grandchildren, Miranda (Chris Clayton) Baer, Jessica Baer, Richard Ethan Baer; two great grandchildren, Stella and Natalie; his brothers, Daniel (Barb) Baer, John Baer, Art (Janet) Baer; his sister Joan (Robert) Bunsey; and additional family Molly Baer.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Simpson.
Friends may call on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5-8PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held on Friday, at the funeral home, beginning at 11AM with Rev. Lee Cubie officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Animal Shelter.
To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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