Henry S. Baerg
Henry S. Baerg, age 88 of Mountain Lake, MN, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Village in Mt. Lake.
The funeral was at 10:30 AM Monday March 4, 2013 at the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake, Pastor Nathan Janzen & Rev. Clifford Koehn co-officiating. Interment was at 1:15 PM in the First Mennonite Cemetery in rural Butterfield, MN. (North Butterfield Church).
Memorials are preferred to SEND International or The Gideon's International.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Mt. Lake, MN. E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at www.sturmfh.com
Our wonderful husband, brother, and friend, Henry Solomon Baerg passed into the arms of his loving heavenly Father on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. He had attained the age of 88 years, 7 months, and 12 days.
Henry Solomon Baerg was born July 16, 1924 to Jacob J. and Maria (Penner) Baerg of Butterfield, MN, the oldest of 8 children. He was baptized on October 13, 1940 at the age of 16, upon confession of his faith at First Mennonite Church (North Butterfield Church). Henry was an avid reader Reading and learning were a part of who he was. Henry did so well in his District 30 classes that his teacher suggested he go directly from 2nd to 4th grade. He graduated from Mt. Lake High School, Mountain Lake, MN in 1943. In 1949 he earned his Bachelor degree from Goshen College in Goshen, IN. Henry worked as a bricklayer for Buhler Construction Company of Butterfield from 1952-1962. Volunteering to help others was a large part of Henry’s personality. He used his construction skills on work projects in Cuba in 1953, and again in Haiti in 1963. In 1962, Henry’s dad retired from farming so Henry took on the farm operation from 1962-1980. Henry moved into Butterfield in 1981 where he helped care for his dad and mom. He worked for Heinrichs Lumber Co. of Delft, MN until his retirement but life was not yet done with Henry. He traveled to Japan where he found someone with whom to share his life. On May 5, 1989 he married longtime Japan missionary Martha Classen at the Christian Academy Chapel in Higashi Kurume, Japan. They were married for 24 years. Henry and Martha served together as missionaries with SEND International for 7 ½ years, serving the Japanese people from 1988-1996. Upon retirement they made their home in Mountain Lake and many were the times that they opened their doors to friends from Japan who were traveling. Henry enjoyed photography, gardening, oil painting, craft works, woodworking, and volunteering. He also enjoyed traveling. He visited 8 foreign countries and most of the 50 States. If words could describe Henry, the two which quickly come to mind are: generous and caring.
Henry is survived by his wife, Martha Baerg of Mt. Lake, MN, siblings Anna (Clifford) Koehn of Geary, OK, Jacob (Millie) Baerg of Ramsey, MN, David (Gail) Baerg of Brooklyn Park, MN, Art (Rose) Baerg of Butterfield, MN, Mathilda (Dewayne) Erickson of Owatonna, MN, and Paul (Corina) Baerg of Alamo, TX (winter), brother-in-law Albert Oeltjenbruns of Bingham Lake, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Marie Oeltjenbruns.