Raymond L. Beyer, 89, Belmond, died Nov. 17, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. A private service was held Nov. 21 at Ewing Funeral Home. Burial with military honors was in Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.
Raymond Loren, the eldest son of Arthur and Mary (Raymond) Beyer, was born in Clear Lake on Oct. 21, 1931. He grew up on the family farm outside of Hanlontown and graduated from Hanlontown High School in 1949.
Ray drove a grocery truck before he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Bennington and U.S.S. Hornet before his honorable discharge.
Upon his return to the family farm, he met the love of his life, Lois Aldrich. The couple was married Jan. 16, 1956 at the Rowan Methodist Church. Ray continued his education at Hamilton Business College, obtaining an accounting degree. He worked for ACCO Seed in Belmond until the company transferred him to Taylor, TX where the family resided for 20 years. They moved back to the Aldrich family farm near Belmond when he retired in 1998.
Ray enjoyed large gardens through the years and was known for his ability to fix any problem. He was an avid reader, liked to play golf, and was a member of the Rowan Lions and the United Church of Rowan.
Family always came first, and Raymond was very involved with his children’s activities. He loved taking them on camping trips across the country, especially to national parks. He led his family by example with an emphasis on honor.
He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Carman; brothers-in-law Everett Carman and Larry Aldrich; and sisters-in-law Nina Beyer and Kay Aldrich.
Raymond is survived by his wife Lois of Belmond; son Michael (Narela) Beyer of Carrolltown, TX and their children Allen, Arthur and Mina; daughter Nancy Beyer of Jefferson City, MO; daughter Mary (Eric) Bisinger of Central City and their children Steffanie and Zackary; son David (Jane) Beyer of Van Vleck, TX; brother Roger “Skip” Beyer; brother-in-law Don Aldrich; and sister-in-law Wilma Aldrich.
Memorials are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research or the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.