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Royce Baar, 56

Royce Frederick Baar died of the esophageal cancer at 3:30 a.m. on April 19, 2010, at the age of 56 at the Minneapolis VA hospital. Royce has many accidents in his lifetime that could have been fatal, but over and over again he survived. Because of this, his close friends gave him the nickname "The Death Defier." And Royce did fight long and hard with the many inevitable and unsuspected complications that ensued.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Dianne Baar Denzer; his mother, Lillian Osen Baar; and his father, Leland (Shorty) Baar.

He is survived by his older brother, Wayne; his twin brother and wife, Randy and Gail Baar; three nephews and a niece, Brian (Sarah), Nathan (Heather) and Danny (Jolene) Baar, and Melissa Wilson (Dianne's daughter) and seven grand-nieces and nephews.

Royce joined the U.S. Army right out of high school and had been a lifelong member of the American Legion. He was a bartender at many different locations and ran the Apple River Inn in Star Prairie, Wis., for several years. He was good at his work and many of the people he met became his friends. ROYCE LOVED TO FLY! He also obtained his private pilot's license and flew and taught others how to fly ultra-light gliders.

For a time, Royce worked as a stuntman with Mohr Barnstorming. He performed a transfer act from the cockpit of an airplane to the skid of a helicopter in midair without a chute. The transfer was extremely dangerous and was booked across America and in some other countries as well. By Royce's own admission, this was the greatest time of his life. "The Death Defier" will be deeply missed and always remembered by his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, at the church. Interment will be at the VA Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, April 27.