KEARNEY — Billy Joe Baer, 67, of Kearney died Saturday, June 20, 2020, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Kearney First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Kearney Cemetery.

A visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

Memorials are suggested to the Kearney First United Methodist Church.

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KEARNEY — Billy Joe Baer, 67, of Kearney died Saturday, June 20, 2020, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. July 11 at Kearney First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.

Interment will follow at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. July 10 at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney.

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Billy Joe Baer was born Aug. 3, 1952, in Kearney to Herbert and Belva (Gillming) Baer. He was raised in Kearney and received his education from Kearney High School, graduating with the class of 1970.

In 1972, Billy Joe married Tracy Sisler in Kearney. To this union, two children were blessed: Brian and Leslie.

Billy Joe’s fierce work ethic was instilled at a young age growing up and working on a family farm just north of Kearney. At age 17 he began work for Monarch Construction and quickly rose to the rank of concrete and steel crew foreman. In 1974 he began his career at Eaton Corp. as an auto tender. His final six years he was a gauge room attendant. During his 35-year career at Eaton, Billy Joe received several attendance awards, including one 10-year perfect attendance recognition.

Following retirement in 2008, Billy Joe’s hobbies included prairie dog hunting, bird watching, yard work and doing projects around the house. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters, family, friends and classmates.

He was a Kearney Fire Department and Rescue Squad volunteer from 1974 to 1977. Billy Joe also was a lifelong member and neighbor of the Kearney First United Methodist Church. He regularly helped with the church yard work and snow removal.

Survivors include his son, Brian Baer and fiancé, Jessica Galaska, of Kearney; daughter, Leslie Cook and husband, Court, of Scottsbluff; grandchildren, McKenna Baer, Lily Cook, Riley Cook and Josephine Galaska; brother, Danny Baer and wife, Peggy, of Kearney; sisters, Marilyn VanVleet and husband, Rod, and Nancy Brehm, all of Kearney; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Billy Joe was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Tim Brehm.

Memorials are suggested to the Kearney First United Methodist Church.

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