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John H. "Jack" Baier

John H. "Jack" Baier

John H. “Jack” Baier, age 87 of Eau Galle, died Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Milestone Memory Care in Eau Claire.

Jack was born on March 11, 1931 to Charles and Olivia (Wallerick) Baier on the family farm in the Town of Eau Galle, rural Dunn County. He spent his youth with his older sister and brother and all of the neighborhood kids fishing, swimming, and skating on and along Eau Galle Lake. Jack also helped his parents on the family farm where he gained a life-long love of farming. He attended school at St. Henry School in Eau Galle and then Durand High School where he was in the class of 1950. Jack was a life-long member of St. Henry Catholic Church.

Jack married Barbara LaPean on July 7, 1952. They purchased the farm from his parents and he worked hard to build the farm into a wonderful family business, Baier Creek Farms Inc., and he was proud that his two sons and two grandsons are still farming the farm that has been in the family since 1857. They were blessed with seven children, Rodney, Mary Lou, Charles, Lorie, Bobbie Jo, Susan and Steven. They had fun times with family, friends and neighbors. They were involved with their children’s many activities and were able to travel to Spain and Hawaii. They had many fun years at their cabin on Lake Eau Galle with family and friends.

Jack loved to spend a week up north by Drummond, WI every year for deer hunting with his hunting group. There were lots of fun times. They started out in tents, then built a collapsible cabin and then outfitted a school bus. Finally, Jack bought a hunting cabin in Barnes, WI which has become the family cabin where he and his friends continued to hunt deer, fish and play cards. He treasured all his times with his family and his friends at the cabin. The card games, fishing, drinking beer and brandy, and all the hours spent around the campfire with his children and grandchildren, we all have fond memories.

Barb and Jack divorced in 1985. In 1998, he married Christine (Biesterveld) Zignego. They were able to travel the US each winter and they traveled to Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean with family. There were many trips to the cabin where he continued to enjoy his family and friends.

Jack was active in the Eau Galle Snowmobile Club and also the Eau Galle Sportsmen Club.

Jack is survived by his wife Chris, his two sons, Rodney (Carole Jean) and Charles (Kristine), both of Eau Galle, three daughters, Lorie (Jim) Luepke of Downing, Bobbie Jo Baier of Menomonie and Susan (Mike) Scheel of Oshkosh, a special son, Jim (Fonda) Mork of Boyceville, sister, Sharon Smith of Arkansaw and sister-in-law, Marlene Sabelko of Elmwood. He is further survived by three stepchildren, Bruce (Bobbi) Zignego of Elmwood, Amy (Tod) Togerson of Eau Claire, and Brian Zignego of Yorktown Heights, NY, 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, five step great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, son, Steven in 1980, daughter Mary Lou in 2012, three brothers, George, Donald and William, and three sisters, Bernice O’Connell, Dorothy Miller and Rita Poeschel.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30AM Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. John Schultz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-8:00PM Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Betty McRoberts

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family. In Eau Galle you are blessed to grow up with everyone in the family and their pets. Jack, may you rest in peace my friend.

  2. John and Judy Parr

    Hugs to all sorry to hear about your loss

  3. Kristine Polzer

    Sending our sympathy to all of Jack's family. He was a great guy who always had a smile when you met him. He'll be missed by many.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  4. Sally (Miller) Beard

    Uncle Jack was always one of my favorite uncles. Spent so many summer vacations visiting the farm and having fun with my cousins. He will be dearly missed by so many.

  5. Rita Jensen

    Sorry for your loss Chris and all the family. Sending sympathy and Prayer your way.

  6. Susan M Dubiel

    Sorry to hear of Jack's passing. His picture shows such happiness and reflects the goodness he had during his life on earth. I'm sure he will be missed!

  7. Bev & Bill Cook

    Chris and Baier Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you share the many wonderful memories of Jack always with a smile of humor. Hugs to all!

  8. Jill & Tom Bennwitz

    Chris & Baier Family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss of Uncle Jack. May he Rest In Peace. May the many good memories help to heal your saddened hearts in time. May God Bless. Hugs to All!

  9. Ben berger

    143 to the moon and back and forever more and to the baier family love u all

  10. Donna Logan

    Remembering all the great times at the farm and cabin while we were growing up. May some of the same memories bring you comfort .

  11. thomas biles

    our thoughts are with you all

  12. Bill and Lisa Craig

    Our deepest sympathy Jack was a great guy God Bless you all

  13. Joe and Jan Drier

    Our Sympathy to the Baier Family!

  14. Richard and Donna Karshbaum

    We are so sorry for your Loss, God Bless You All !

  15. Lynette & Kim Wagenbach

    Please accept our sympathy in your sorrow. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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