Charles Walter Baehr
Charles Walter Baehr, 85, formerly of Bucyrus, Ohio and Summerland Key, Fla., died Sept. 8, 2012 in Wellington, Fla.
Born Dec. 21, 1926 in Bucyrus, Ohio, after serving in the Air Force, he returned to Bucyrus to work at Timken Roller Bearings for 30 years as an electrician and built a thriving business, Elkhorn Lake Shooting Preserve.
He was an avid pilot, hunter and fisherman and enjoyed traveling around the country. He chose Summerland Key to be his retirement home where he enjoyed his boat, fishing and a beautiful view, welcoming anyone to visit.
A man with an incredible mind for engineering, he completed building a Gyroplane and portable hangar when he was 80. He had reinstated his pilot's license and was on his way to soloing in his aircraft when a stroke and subsequent Parkinson's disease set him back and began his gradual decline in health.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Edith Jeanette (Healy); son Michael and grandson Christopher; daughter Charlene Zubka (Gerard Zubka) and grandchildren Gerek, Gavin, Chad and Chirsten.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Big Pine Methodist Church.
Donations may be sent to Big Pine Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043