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NEWPORT NEWS - Max William Baer, 51, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born April 8, 1960 and raised in Crawford County, Pa., where he excelled in high school football, basketball, volleyball and baseball, including a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He moved to Virginia in 1980, where he worked in Submarine Engineering at Newport News Shipbuilding for 31 years, ending his career there as an Electrical Design Supervisor. He graduated summa cum laude from Averett University, in 2003, while working full time.
Max is survived by his wife, Nancy Ivey of Newport News, where they lived for 21 years. He is also survived by his parents, Levern and Jeanette Baer; his three younger brothers, Dennis Baer and his wife, Debbie, Steve Baer and his wife, Laurie, and Jeff Baer; as well as his 10 nieces and nephews, and six great-nieces and nephews, all from Crawford County.
Max's 23-year battle with cancer never dampened his spirit and determination or was the cause of any complaint. He continued his love of sports by playing softball, volleyball and tennis for many years, as well as officiating local high school basketball games and off road biking with Nancy. He also loved to travel, especially to national parks, where he and Nancy hiked and photographed wildlife. Their last trip was to the Canadian Rockies in September 2011, where they hiked up to a glacier despite Max completing chemotherapy in July. Max truly lived his motto "LIVESTRONG."
A memorial service to honor Max's life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at North Riverside Baptist Church, 311 Selden Rd., Newport News, VA 23606. A reception at the church will follow the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Max's name to the , P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, 1-800-227-2345; or at www.cancer.org View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2012
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