John Custer

   A funeral service for John P. Custer, 58, of Baker was held May 7, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church in Baker with Pastors Bruce and Reba Kolasch officiating. Burial was in Bonnievale Cemetery in Baker.

John Custer

   John passed away May 3, 2015 at his home in Baker with his family by his side.

   John Patrick Custer was born Oct. 23, 1956, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of Michael and Anna (Kostelecky) Custer. He grew up in the Belfield area and graduated from Mandan High School in 1976. After graduation, John moved to the Baker area to work with his brother in the oilfield. It was there he met Claire Goerndt. Oct. 23, 1981, John and Claire were united in marriage in Baker. To this union two children were born: Jason and Kristen. The couple have made Baker their home ever since.

   John enjoyed driving old pickups and cars, watching car racing, bowling, camping, fishing, and any sports that involved the kids. His grandchildren meant the world to him and he loved spending time with them. John could often be found taking them camping and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with the daycare kids.

   John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Claire, of Baker; son, Jason (Holly) of Baker; daughter Kristen (Jim) of Baker; grandchildren, Suzie, Taylor, Hawken, Kimber, Keely, Colt, Adasa, and Jemma; siblings, Yvonne (Eddie), Yvette (Dale), Collette (Dick), Paulette (Orville), Renee (Harvey), Elaine, Tom (Janice), Simone (Kirby), Madonna, Al and Therese (Jerry); father and mother-in-law, Fritz and Ruby Goerndt; brothers-in-law, Kelly (Jaime) Goerndt, Wade (Tami) Goerndt, Doug (Tracey) Goerndt, and Kelly Lamm; numerous nephews and nieces.

   He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Custer; a very special grandson, Ruger Custer; and a sister, Michelle Lamm.

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