Ken Bahr passed away at his home in Vergas, MN on October 25, 2019, surrounded by his family. Kenneth Julius Bahr (Sonny) was born September 20, 1929 to Peter Bahr and Anna (Lick) in Bemidji, MN. At an early age he came to love the natural world and was an avid outdoorsman all his life. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was proud to be an American and a veteran. He married Donna Frehse in 1953 and he began working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Division in 1965, serving in Bagley, Cass Lake, and finally Bemidji. His duties regularly included fighting forest fires. Ken retired from the Forestry in 1991. He continued to work fire and special projects for them until 2002 when he and Donna acquired the 2nd Chance Store in Hackensack. They operated the store until 2005. Ken became widely known for his knowledge of firearms and developed a passion for preserving vintage Winchesters. While living in Bagley, he served as President of the Northland Sportsmen’s Club, was a member of the Rifle & Pistol Club and Public Utilities Commission, two years as a member of the City Council and twelve years on the Volunteer Fire Department. Ken also served almost 30 years as Firearms Safety Instructor in Bagley and Bemidji.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna (Frehse), and is survived by his five children, Ken (Barb) of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary (Tim Huseby) of Vergas; Lorraine of Happy Valley, Oregon; Brett (Marcia) of Mankato; and Alan (Terry) of Sunnyvale, California; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held.