Norman “Mannie” Baer, 88, of Goble died at home on December 7, 2019. He was born November 15, 1931, in Cincinnati, Arkansas to Roy and Alma (Randolph) Baer.
In 1950 he graduated from Siloam Springs High School where he studied agriculture. He had been a Columbia County resident since moving to Oregon in 1952. Norman worked at Wauna paper mills for 19 years. In his retirement he worked for the St. Helens Chronicle delivering newspapers and kept busy tending the farm and writing his memoir, Riding on the Wind.
He enjoyed square and round dancing and was a longtime member of dance clubs such as the Rough And Ruffles, Stardust Dancers, Ring and Swing, Trojan Twirlers, R Square D, and Fireballs.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Evelyn Rosebeary.
He married Barbara Ade January 11, 1986. She survives him at home. He is also survived by a daughter Myrna (Charles) Rak of Longview; two sons Gregory (Laurie) Baer of Camas and Douglas (Rachel) Baer of Dallas, Oregon; step-children Carol Wilson of St. Helens, Debra (Randy) Cumberland of Graham, Washington, Wendy Jones of Tacoma, Stephen Ade of St. Helens, and David Ade of Goble; brothers Doyle Baer of St. Helen, and Max Baer of Columbia City; sister Iva Sykes of Kelso; 20+ grandchildren; and 10+ great-grandchildren.
A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Bayview Cemetery in Warren. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Norman’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Helens Senior Center.