March 8, 2015
10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 14, 2015
First Reformed Church
Prior to the service
9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 14, 2015
First Reformed Church
December 16, 1951 - March 8, 2015
Loren Gerrit Beyer was born on December 16, 1951 in Grinnell, Iowa. He was the first born son to Charly and Elotia (Myers) Beyer. Loren graduated high school with the Lynnville-Sully class of 1970. He worked various jobs during and after school but his love for farming was his great desire. Farming alongside his dad, whom he looked up to, is what he recalled later in his life. Those were his best years. On October 20, 1972 Loren married his high school sweetheart Susan Louise Dunsbergen at the Sully First Reformed Church. They were blessed with 2 children, a daughter, Angela Sue and a son Chad Eric. He also has two adorable grand-daughters, Olivia and Ruby whose visits and smiles he so enjoyed.
Loren loved the outdoors. He loved hunting, camping, playing slow pitch, volleyball both co-ed and men's league, and motorcycle riding. He was one of the first motorcyclists in the 70's to conquer the Peoria Hill. Loren's love of farming also included much custom work for other farmers. He was known for his tight big round bales and trucking. He had been a member of the Farm Bureau and Sully Lion's Club.
Loren endured several accidents that changed his personality. They included insecticide poisoning, electrocution, his arm up a grain auger and carbon monoxide poisoning. They left him with a hidden depression that he was unable to shake.
In 2006, Loren and Susan were divorced, but stayed very good friends. In April, 2008, Loren checked himself into Harvest Farms in Wellington, Colorado for substance abuse. Three weeks into the program on May 2, 2008, he suffered a massive right side brain bleed at the age of 56 years. He was not expected to live. For more than a year he worked hard at therapy at Poudre Valley Hospital in Colorado and On With Life in Ankeny, Iowa to regain strength in his left side. He had a stay in the nursing home for rehab and wanted out so badly. Loren had learned how to function again and walk with a cane. He really wanted to run again, play ball, and fly an airplane. This was his new dream.
In April 2009, Loren went to live with his Dad. They had unique times together sometimes laughing at who could get up first. When his Dad died in September 2011, Loren went to live in the apartments at 608 8th Avenue in Sully. He lived on his own with Susan's assistance until September 5, 2014 when he was diagnosed with multi myeloma along with pyoderma gangrenasum that he had been battling for over two years. He went to the Comfort House in Pella until November 15, 2014 when he moved in with Susan to finish his last days on earth. Loren died at her place on March 8, 2015 attaining the age of 63 years, 2 months and 20 days.
Those left to cherish his memory are:
Susan Beyer, his best friend and caregiver
Angela Sue Beyer, Sully
Chad Eric (Laura) Beyer, Lynnville
Olivia and Ruby
Of Loren's original family he leaves a brother, Steve (Jocelyn) Beyer of Sully, and two sisters, Lynda (Carroll) Miller of Prairie City and Jackie (Andrew) Halfman of Marion. He leaves three aunts and two uncles: Lucille Kern of Ladora, Lloyd and Arlene Brand of Sully and Carrol and Marylou Beyer of Searsboro. He leaves several nieces and nephews and cousins. Loren was preceded in death by his parents Charly and Elotia Beyer, a niece, Jennifer Green, his paternal grandparents Gerrit and Gertie (Slycord) Beyer, and his maternal grandparents Russell and Edna (Merrick) Myers.
As a child, Loren attended the Taintor United Methodist Church and was a member of the Sully First Reformed Church at the time of his death.
Loren will be remembered for his dry but funny humor that had his friends laughing.