NEW WATERFORD, Ohio — James C. Baer, 54, of 5640 Raley Road, died at 7:50 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2000, at the Salem Community Hospital of an apparent heart attack after being stricken at his home.
Baer was born Aug. 5, 1944, in Greenford, the son of the late Emmet and Lucille Pollock Baer, and had lived in this area all of his life.
He was an auctioneer and real estate broker with Baer Auctioneers the past 37 years. He also owned and operated Rogers Community Auction Inc. since 1981. The firm was started in 1955 by his father, Emmet Baer. Jim followed in his father’s footsteps and went to auctioneering school between his junior and senior years in high school, then stepped in and participated in the family auctioneering business.
Baer attended the East Fairfield United Methodist Church and was a member and past president of the Ohio Auctioneers Association. He was a member of the National Auctioneers Association, the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, the West Virginia Auctioneers Association, and the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America. He was also a member of East Palestine Lodge #417 F.&A.M. and the Columbiana County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly Huffman, whom he married Nov. 7, 1981; two daughters, Mrs. Connie (Darrell) Hughart of New Waterford, Miss Megan Baer at home; four sons, Kenneth Baer of Columbiana, William Baer of Salem, Wade Baer and Samuel Baer, both at home, and five grandchildren, Colton Hall, Monica Hall, Holly Baer, Christian Hughart, and Lucy Baer.
Funeral services were Wednesday at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charles Ready officiating. Burial followed in New Waterford Cemetery. Calling hours were Tuesday at the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home, Columbiana.
East Palestine Lodge #417 F.&A.M. conducted Masonic Services Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family suggested material tributes may take the form of a donation to the church memorial fund or the American Heart Association.