Ruth Baer, 95

Ruth Irene Baer, 95, of Wabash, died at 9:50 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.

She was born Jan. 23, 1924, in Champaign County, Ill., to Harry and Minnie (Little) Henderson.

Ruth was the oldest of four children. She and her family moved to Wabash County in 1939. Ruth was a 1942 graduate of Urbana High School. She married the late Robert Pretorius in 1942 and they were married 33 years. She married the late Robert Baer in 1979, and they were married 21 years.

Ruth loved spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening and playing euchre. She was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash. She worked several years at the Wabash BMV and the clerk’s office at the Wabash County Courthouse.

She is survived by two children, Bruce (Sandra) Pretorius of Wabash, and Kay (Rick) Grimsley of Batesville; three grandsons, Scott (Trisha) Pretorius of Wabash, Alex Grimsley of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Quinn Grimsley of Cold Spring, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Sabrina Pretorius of Great Lakes, Ill., and Aeden Pretorius of Wabash; her sister, Alice Scotten of Lee's Summit, Mo., and four step-sons; Dennis, Randy, David, and Steve Baer, and their families. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Jim and Bob Henderson.

At Ruth's request, there will be no services. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

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Posted on 2019 Mar 19