Darrell Lee Baer

Darrell Lee Baer

“Knowing when to walk away is wisdom.  Being able to is courage.  Walking away with your head held high is dignity.” Author unknown.


Darrell Lee Baer, 66, passed away March 12, 2018 with his daughter and sister by his side. His long-fought battle with cancer is over. Darrell was born July 3, 1951 to Frank and Pauline (Zentner) Baer in Dickinson, N.D. They moved to Bozeman when Darrell was 5, where he grew up, graduating from Bozeman High School in 1970. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a dog handler in S. Korea. Upon discharge, he went to work for a meat processing plant in Bozeman, where he mastered the skill of butchering, which carried through for the rest of his life, helping friends and family process wild game. In 1975, he moved to Laurel, working for Midland Packing until they closed. He then became a farmer, working for Alan Richardson. It was here that he and Tiffany developed their sheep business, Square Butte Suffolks. In 2001, Darrell started working for the Laurel Golf Course as a grounds keeper, retiring March 1, 2018 due to his failing health.  It was here that he developed many lasting friendships that supported him with love and kindness through his health issues. Darrell is survived by his daughter, Tiffany (Jeff) Kogelmann and their children, Kian and Zoey; sister, Cindy Henry and her children, Ryan and Sara. Also surviving are his ex-wife and dear friend, Vickie Ripley and her son Jason Baer, whom Darrell gave his name to; and Jason’s children, Dakota, Sierra and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Pauline, and brother in law, Ken Henry. Per Darrell’s wishes, there will be no service and his ashes will be scattered at Eagle Creek, where he loved to elk hunt.

Dad, there isn’t a person who knew you that won’t miss you and your willingness to help them, no matter the task.  You were never a burden, as you so fretted, and we were happy to tend to your needs because you did so very much for us. 



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