John "Jack" Baier Jr., 83, passed away on Sept. 1, 2007. He was born on Mother's Day, May 12, 1924, in Great Falls to John and Etta (Fanner) Baier of Great Falls.
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Jack attended and graduated elementary and secondary school in Great Falls, and played varsity football and basketball for the Bison.
After graduation he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a petty officer first class gunners mate in February 1946.
Jack returned to Great Falls and in the fall of 1946 entered Montana State College in Bozeman. He joined S.A.E. Fraternity.
While attending school, he met Grace C. Nissen of Billings, also a student at MSC. They married in September 1947 and continued school while both worked. They graduated from MSC in 1950 and took jobs teaching in Scobey.
Jack continued on as a principal at Joplin, superintendent of schools at Noxon and Whitehall. He then went to work for Ginn and Co. in school text sales for 14 years. In that time they had three children, Tony, Marsha and Michael.
Grace, Tony and Marsha preceded Jack in death, along with his sister, Jane, of Billings, who was also a teacher.
Jack loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, skiing, water sports as well as other sports such as bowling and golfing. He attended faithfully and cheered on his beloved MSU Bobcats throughout the years, and the relationships he made during that time were very special to him.
Survivors include his son, Mike and Mellisa of San Diego, and he was blessed with grandsons, Mike, Kevin, Brian and Ronnie. It was always a thrill to Jack to see if they would ever give him a granddaughter. From son, Tony (deceased), he was blessed with grandsons, John, Clifton and Geoffry Baier of Colorado and their mother Christy Baier. Jack is also survived by his brother-in-law, Don Cleveland of Billings; Doug and Jill (niece) Wilson and Kevin Zahn (great-nephew) of Roundup, and Sgt. Nathan (great-nephew) and Jenna Zahn and Lilly of Oceanside, Calif.; Lloyd and Jackie (niece) Williams of Kalispell and Josh Schaff (great-nephew) of Billings.
Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be made to MSU Foundation, 1501 S. 11th Ave., Bozeman 59717; to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715; to Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2118 S. Third Ave., Bozeman 59715; or to a charity of choice.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2007