James Paul “Skip ” Beyer, died peacefully at home with family on April 14, 2020 in Prineville, Oregon at the age of 80.
Jim is survived by his wife, Chris, his children, Craig Beyer, Todd Beyer, Lissa Beyer & German Panar, Yvonne Beyer Huette, and stepdaughter, Shandal Johnson 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Jim was born on September 6, 1939 in Faith, South Dakota to Leon and Nola Beyer. He was raised by his maternal grandmother Goldie Holsworth with his Uncle Lynn who is eleven months older than him. The family moved to Seattle for a few years. Jim returned to South Dakota to live with his father and finished high school in Agar. He graduated from Agar High School in 1958 and joined the National Guard at age 16. He subsequently joined the Army. One of his duties while stationed in Panama was working on the construction of a golf course. Following active duty he remained in the reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1964. Patriotism and service remained life-long values. After his active duty in the Army ended in May of 1961, Jim returned to South Dakota, where he married his first wife, Doreen Sue Hegge. The births of their children were the highlight of his life. In September 1978, he married Chris, his wife of forty-one years and became a second father to her daughter, Shandal.
Jim pursued a career in trucking, and for a time owned his own truck. In 1986, after moving to Prineville, he began to drive for Barr Groff Trucking and remained there for twenty years. Outdoor activities, particularly hunting and fishing, were his main hobbies. His wonderful sense of humor and deeply caring heart endeared him to his family and friends.
A private grave-side remembrance is planned for April 25th at 12:00 PM in Faith, South Dakota. A memorial service will be scheduled at Living Water Church of God when social distancing is no longer required.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or by mail to American Cancer Society, 2350 Oakmont Way, Ste 200; Eugene, OR 97401.
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