Lt. Col. Allan R. Baer 86 <>, beloved husband of Nancy G. (Mansolilli) Baer, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, he was the son of the late Ralph and Marie (Douse) Baer. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years before entering the military.
A highly decorated and honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during the Vietnam Era as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He entered the Aviation Cadet Program and was awarded his Pilot Wings in 1951. Colonel Baer began flying combat missions in Southeast Asia and the Republic of Vietnam. During that period on no less than eleven separate occasions, his aerial skill and courage in the face of intense unfriendly ground fire were the decisive factors in the defeat of the hostile forces. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship and aggressiveness, Colonel Baer reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Air Force Cross and the Aviators Valor Award among many other notable medals. He retired from the Air Force in 1976 following twenty seven and a half years of service to his country.
Following his retirement, he worked as a project manager at MEI Technology in Lexington until the time of his retirement in 1994.
In 1996, Lt. Colonel Bear chose another arena to serve and became a volunteer for SeniorCare Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Each year, he contributed an average of five hundred hours of service where he was responsible for overseeing seventeen tax sites and forty one counselors. In addition to tax counseling in Beverly, Ipswich and Hamilton filing taxes for those in need of assistance as well as lending a helping hand to assist those who were homebound to file their taxes. In 2007, he received the Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award for his outstanding service to the surrounding communities.
A longtime resident of Beverly, he was a member of the Order of Daedalians, a group of military pilots that met once a month at Hanscom Air Force Base. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared thirty one years of marriage, he is survived by four daughters, Mariah Baer of Beverly, Denise Livingstone and her husband, Cliff of NH, Marta Baer of CA and Jacqueline Seller of KS, four sons, Allen Baer Jr. of OK, Michael Deyarmond and his wife, Cheryl of NH, James Deyarmond of CO and David Deyarmond and his wife, Lara of CO, several beloved grandchildren and one great granddaughter, one sister, Margaret Garrett and her husband, Daniel of FL, one brother, Ronald Baer of TX and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be private following a burial in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street <>, Beverly. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140 <>. Online condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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