James Scott Baer
1948 - 2021
James Scott Baer
Born: September 11, 1948 in Bloomington, IN
Died: March 25, 2021 in Crystal Lake, IL
James Scott Baer, of Crystal Lake, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the age of 72.
He was born September 11, 1948 in Bloomington, IN, the son of the late Harold George and Jean Catherine (nee Daniels) Baer.
James was an educator for 39 years. He began his career at North Elementary School in Crystal Lake and moved on to be Vice Principal at Gages Lake Elementary School. James spent the majority of his career at Summit School in West Dundee, working in Special Education. He concluded his career in District 46 in Elgin.
James enjoyed playing golf with his Sunday golf league, and was an avid fan of the Cubs and Indiana Hoosier basketball. A voracious reader and writer, he was a self-taught bass player and song writer who played in many bands. James loved listening to the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Mostly, he enjoyed the time spent with his wife, kids and grandkids.
James is survived by his loving wife, Donna (nee Brown); his beloved children, James M. Baer, Celestine (Douglas) Nickels and Janelle M. Baer; his cherished grandchildren, Madeline, Chloe, Benjamin, Ryan, Lily, and Veronica; his loving siblings, G. Thomas (Marlene) Baer, Susan Bedell, Timothy (Kerry) Baer, Michael Baer, and Elizabeth (Chuck) Baer; and Mil-Mil the cat.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Constance Osmond; and Hendrix the cat, his little buddy.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 5, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 419 E Terra Cotta Ave (Rt. 176) Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org

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Published by Northwest Herald from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2021.
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There is nothing I can say about a great man whom I grew up knowing as His son Jim and I grew up together as best friends. I’m very saddened to learn of his passing and I wish the whole family thoughts and prayers through the days ahead.
All the love in the world for all of them as my eyes swell with tears while I’m typing this short memory in the guest book.
As we say in the Navy
“Fair Winds and Following Seas, we have the watch”
Derek Burdloff
March 31, 2021
He was a very good teacher to me I had him for a teacher at Summit School
Tiffany Nyman
March 30, 2021
G. T. Baer and family
March 30, 2021
donna and family I am so sorry to have read that Jim has passed. Truly shocked! He was such a likeable person. Remember him well when kristie and Tina would play together. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sincerely..deb miller(eibisch)
Deborah Sue Miller
March 29, 2021
Deepest sympathies to Jim's family and friends. A Great Guy for sure! Rest in Peace, Jim.
Mike Frett
March 28, 2021