Robert Dean Baehr


Robert Dean Baehr, 82, of Beatrice died at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born November 26, 1934 at Beatrice. He was baptized and confirmed at American Lutheran, Filley, NE. He graduated from Virginia High School and attended University of Nebraska, Lincoln for one year, where he played freshman football. He served in the United States Marine Corp. from 1957 – 1959. He married LaVonna J. Hinz on November 27, 1957 at St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice. They made their home on the family farm in rural Virginia, NE.  Bob loved farming and sold NC+ Hybrids, (now Channel Seed Company) since the early 1970’s. He was a member of American Lutheran Church of Filley where he had been a youth group sponsor and President of the Church Council. Bob was a family man who enjoyed his children, grandchildren and spending time on the farm.  Bob spent many days socializing with his Marine buddies, fellow farmers and friends at the American Legion in Beatrice. Bob also enjoyed spending warm days in the sun and on those warm days you could find him in his driveway reading a good book. 


            Survivors include his wife of 59 years, LaVonna of Beatrice; three sons, Steven Baehr and wife Tiffany of Omaha, Michael Baehr and wife Traci of rural Beatrice, Bradley Baehr and wife Kelly of Lincoln; one daughter, Michelle Mayfield and husband Mike of Beatrice.  Bob and LaVonna were blessed with 11 grandchildren, Zachary Baehr, Travis, Tanner and Taylor Baehr, Erik and Ian Baehr, MaKena and Kai Mayfield, Jamie Rudder, Stephanie (Tim) Crocker and Ryan Hunt; one sister, Janice Grube of Ft. Myers, FL; four brothers-in-law, Robert Pease Sr. and Joseph Diersing both of Ft. Myers, FL. Harold (JoAnne) Hinz of Imogene, IA and Calvin (Laurie) Hinz of Omaha, NE; two aunts, Hattie Schuster and Grace Huttenmeier of Beatrice, many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Grace Lienemann Baehr, two sisters, Rosalie J. Diersing and Janet R. Pease; one brother-in-law, Lee Grube; one nephew, Jeff Grube and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel and Emma (Holz) Hinz.


            Memorial services will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the American Lutheran Church of Filley with Pastor LuRae Hallstrom officiating. Inurnment will be at 10:00 A.M. at Evergreen Home Cemetery of Beatrice.  Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice with Ervin Huls and Ron Weiss in charge. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the United States Marine Corp and Fisher Post #367 of the American Legion of Virginia.  A guestbook for signatures will be available from 8:00 A.M. Wednesday to 9:00 P.M. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home where the family will receive visitors from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday.   A guestbook for signatures and messages of condolence is available online at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.

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Gloria Hasenohr

I will miss seeing Bob sitting in his garage reading his book on nice days. Sorry for your loss Lavonne.

 Posted February 17, 2017 - 3:44pm
Dennis Luckey

Bob will be missed. He was a good friend for a long time. I always enjoyed seeing him at the legion. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 Posted February 16, 2017 - 6:22pm
Jane and Willa Jean

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. By now, Bob and Will are having a beer and talking about the good old days. Love always and God bless.

 Posted February 16, 2017 - 1:16pm
Rita clayton

Lavonne I am sorry to hear about the loss in your family. Prayers to you and the family.

 Posted February 15, 2017 - 7:57pm
Dawn Nickel

We are so sorry for you loss Michelle. You, Mike & the kids are in our thoughts & prayers.

 Posted February 14, 2017 - 8:56pm
Richard "Smiley" Oltman

LaVonna, sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I knew Bob when my folks lived at Filley and we went to the same Church .

 Posted February 14, 2017 - 8:16pm
Shirley Bartels

I'm sorry I didn't know Bob, but wanted to convey my condolences to you LaVonna . We had so much fun when we worked at Grandma's Fruitcakes many years ago.

 Posted February 13, 2017 - 12:29pm
Karen Winslow Post

LaVonna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob was a wonderful man and will truly be missed. Many men will come into our lives but only one is as special as a husband and father like Bob. Love, Karen Winslow Post

 Posted February 13, 2017 - 6:48am
Donald Reiman

Semper Fi Marine... Have lost a good friend. Don

 Posted February 12, 2017 - 6:59pm
Nancy Bissegger

I was always happy to see Bob walk in during my bartending years at the Legion! He will be missed by so many.

 Posted February 12, 2017 - 3:42pm
Wilgers Family

So sorry for your loss, Prayers to all, God bless

 Posted February 12, 2017 - 12:22am
Dennis Scheiding

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I will miss the good conversations we shared at the Legion in Beatrice. He was on of the mostly friendly and welcoming people I have ever met. He will be missed.

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
Brad and Michelle Achtemeier

Praying that God gives you all comfort in knowing you'll see him again one day.
Brad and Michelle Achtemeier and Family

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 12:58pm
Steve and Mary Jo Newman

Bob was a wonderful person always a smile, hello and a story or joke to tell. Enjoyed the times we saw him and his fishing friends out at Harlan Co. Prayers and comfort to the family Steve and Mary Jo Newman

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 12:41pm
Karen Mains and John Dando

Our Sympathy to LaVonna and Family. Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this sad time.

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 12:25pm
Michele (Little) Holle

Letting you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Such a good man.

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 12:03pm
Brad and Michelle Anderson

We are very sorry for your loss. Our sympathies and prayers are with the family. He
was a great guy.

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 11:57am
Joseph Diersing

Bob was a wonderful man.May God bless my sister-in-law Lavona and my niece and nephews and their families.

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 11:43am
Debbie J Fisher

My prayers and thoughts go out to your entire family. Bob will be missed! Hugs!

 Posted February 11, 2017 - 9:29am

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