Chip Phillip Baer

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"Chip" Phillip Baer

November 23, 1965 - February 03, 2019

Chip Phillip Baer Charles Phillip Baer was born in WIchita, KS on November 23, 1965. After a lengthy illness, he departed this earth on February 3rd at the young age of 53. "Chip", as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was the son of Ted and Teresa Baer (longtime Norman residents) and brother of Chris.
Chip graduated from Norman High School where he loved reading Shakespeare as much as he loved winning a wrestling match. He excelled at wrestling and had the trophies to prove it.
Chip's first marriage resulted in the birth of two girls, Beth and Natalie; his second marriage bore a third girl - Brooklyn. His parents often refer to Chip's marriage to Deborah and the girls as "Chip's crowning achievements".
During Operation Desert Storm, Chip served his country in the USAF as a radar technician in IRAQ. It was thought that his tour of duty there contributed to his fragile mental state.
Through much of his life, Chip struggled with mental illness. Even though at times it was difficult, his parents continued to be his support system, never abandoning him. Aside from all the issues, Chip was a generous and kind spirit - and should be remembered for that. Often he would share cigarettes, groceries and money with neighbors less fortunate than himself. He literally would give the "shirt off his back" to anyone who needed it.
A military service and a celebration of Chip's life will be held in April with interment of ashes at the Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Published on February 27, 2019
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17 posts

Jay Kenderdine
Mar 09, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Baer family. Chip was a great wrestler on the mat for NHS, he was an even better man off the mat. RIP old friend.
Elvis Mahan
Mar 03, 2019
A great dude and a great wrestler. My prayers and condolences to the Baer Family.
Joseph Smalley
Mar 03, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Baers. I have many fond memories of Chip from Central Mid-High and have thought of him over the years.
Kristi Shobert Freader
Mar 01, 2019
My condolences to the Baer Family. I lived down the street from Chris and Chip on Charlotte Court. Lots of good memories playing with them and all the other kids on the street. My thoughts are with Ted, Teresa and Chris.
Tammy Taylor - Maus and family
Mar 01, 2019
Dear Chris and family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet brother. From one military family to another - thank you for Chip's service to our country and your sacrifices. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Edith Baker
Mar 01, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mike Welbourne
Feb 28, 2019
I was deeply saddened to hear of Chips passing. I grew up with Chip and even attended a few years of college with him. He was a rascal and always a free thinker. RIP my old friend.
Ann Primrose Silva
Feb 28, 2019
So sorry to hear about Chip. He was such a nice guy. Praying for comfort and peace for his family.
Kristen Hussey
Feb 28, 2019
My condolences to his family. I have good memories of Chip growing up. He will be missed. Another NHS 1984 classmate gone too soon.
Machelle McQueen
Feb 28, 2019
I am so sorry to read this news. He was always so nice. We all had a great group of friends from John F Kennedy school. Prayers go out to his family.
Michael Smith
Feb 28, 2019
Chip was one of the hardest working wrestlers I knew. Great guy! It was an honor to be his friend! I remember some great high school matches between him and the legendary John Smith.
Dana Johnson
Feb 28, 2019
Chip, you were a good friend at Central Mid High. Too bad we didn't see much of each other at NHS. RIP my friend. I will always have fond memories of you. God bless your family and may God give them peace.
Kelly Thompson
Feb 28, 2019
Chip was a wonderful, sweet soul. I have the nicest memories of his kindness in high school. My deepest condolences to Chip’s family.
Tawnya
Feb 28, 2019
You are such a special soul. Rest in peace sweet angel ❤
Paige Miller
Feb 28, 2019
Chip, I always considered you my friend, I always enjoyed our conversations thru the yrs...RIP my friend, Paige MIller
John Jewell
Feb 27, 2019
Chip, it has been an honor to be your friend and I look forward to seeing you on the other side.
Feb 27, 2019