Dennis John Baier was born on the family farm in Compeer, Alberta on March 3, 1943. He passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2011 at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the third oldest of eleven children born to George and Rose Baier.
In 1968 Dennis married Audrey Fischer and they were blessed with three wonderful daughters: Wanda, Roxanne and Michelle. Dennis began his career with the United Grain Growers where he was well respected by his customers and dedicated to his community. Dennis and Audrey purchased the Compeer Cash Store, DJ continued with the UGG while Audrey ran the store. In 1987 the Baier family moved to the elevator house in Altario until it closed. Throughout these years Dennis enjoyed playing cards with friends, working in the yard and garden and spending time with his girls. Dennis transferred to Bashaw and a few years later sadly, Audrey passed away. Dennis was fortunate enough to find love again and married Margaret Vallet. They enjoyed farming, camping, quadding out west and traveling to warm places in the winter. DJ loved spending time with the cattle and took great pleasure in his newly expanded family. Dennis will be forever remembered by his wife Margaret; daughters: Wanda (Dwayne) Rutschke, Roxanne (Don) Walz, Michelle (Dale) Kaniusis; stepsons Trevor (Marcia) Vallet and Brent (Kristie) Vallet; grandchildren Dylan and Blake Rutschke, Paige and Devon Walz, Dawson and Drew Kaniusis, Kyle, Dane, Craig, Cole, Joshua Vallet, and Addison, Genevie, Clairese, Saraphene Vallet; brothers and sisters Victor (Shona), Leonard (Claudia), Henry (Marguerite), Garry (Laura), Ron (Anita), Mary Jane (Morris) Lowis, Arlene Voeller, Coreen (Hal) Stuart, Jeff (Louanne) Baier and Jack Baier; father in law Otto Fischer; Margaret’s sister Alana (Jim) Costigan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many dear friends. Dennis was predeceased by his parents George and Rose Baier, his wife Audrey Baier and mother in law Annie Fischer. Dennis’ caring personality, generosity, understanding and love for others will live on in our hearts forever. Prayer Vigil Service for the late Mr. Dennis Baier was held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Bashaw, Alberta on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 with Father Arlan Parenteau officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Christ-King Catholic Church in Stettler, Alberta on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 with Father Arlan Parenteau officiating. Dennis was laid to rest in the Bashaw Cemetery, Bashaw, Alberta. Following the interment service family and friends joined together in the Bashaw Community Centre for a time of fellowship with luncheon prepared and served by Bashaw Royal Purple. If so desired memorial donations may be made in memory of Dennis to Cross Cancer Institute or a charity of choice, c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and arrangements.