Jack Beamer 1926-2019
Jack Beamer, 93, of Paris passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mexico, MO.
Jack was born on March 4, 1926 in Paris, MO to Russell and Wilda May Yager Beamer as one of three children. He had two brothers; Earl and Carl Beamer and they preceded him in death. His father was a farmer, raising Angus cattle and farming corn, beans, and hay. His dad got the Sydenstrickers here in town started on raising cattle too. Jack’s mother was a homemaker. He and his brothers spent most of their time helping out on the farm. They also enjoyed seining for fish, which they did every Sunday after church. The family held a big fish fry every year, frying 100 pounds of fish for all the people who helped them on the farm. Jack attended Paris High School. When he turned 16 he became interested in cars, a passion that continued through adulthood as he collected cars. His very first car was a ’24 Chevy.
Jack served in the United States Army as Private First Class from April 1945 until December 1946, during WWII. He worked as a truck driver, hauling company supplies. His most memorable moment from service was getting to see all of Japan. His favorite place was Tokyo because it was interesting and he also enjoyed visiting with the locals who spoke English. From his service Jack earned an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, and an Army of Occupation Medal – Japan.
Jack Married his first wife in 1951 and they raised four children; Deborah (Jim) Cullifer of Paris, MO, Paul (Cathy) Beamer of Columbia, MO, Pam (Don) Mutter of Cairo, MO; and his son Gary passed away in 2013. After Jack’s divorce, he married Evelyn on February 19, 1966 in Moberly, MO and they were married 42 years before her passing on August 31, 2008. They enjoyed traveling. Their favorite vacation spots were along the west coast, particularly seeing the redwoods along highway 101. Their favorite summer state was the state of Colorado and their favorite winter state was the state of Texas, where they spent many winters. Jack has nine grandchildren; Sara (Rick) James, Yancy (Jennifer) Truesdell, Braden Beamer, Taylour Beamer, Jacob Keller, Paige Keller-Smith, Brent Beamer, Brook Beamer, Devin Beamer; eight great-grandchildren; Ashley (Casey) Bergthold, Anna (Chris) Bird, Lance (Kayleigh) James, Kameryn Truesdell, Sterling Smith, Sawyer McPherson, Addie Wood, and Carter Wood; five great-great- grandchildren; Mason Bergthold, Hunter Bergthold, Maylee Bird, Waylon Bird, and Emalyn James; a special friend; Katherine Wilson.
For his career, Jack followed in his father’s footsteps and raised Angus cattle. In his free time he enjoyed collecting antique cars and tractors. He still has quite a collection of refurbished antique cars at home; a ’37 Diamond-T, ’39 Plymouth Pickup, ’46 DeSoto, ’67 Corvair, ’67 Volkswagen, and a ’72 LT Ford. He hosted some antique car shows over the years and won many awards for his cars in various shows. In 1969 Jack and ten other men started the Mark Twain Old Thresher’s Association, a group that showed antiques to young people so they knew how farmers used to farm. He has been active in the association for 49 years.
Jack came to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in April 2013. He was a member of the Maple Grove Church, American Legion for 50 years, and the IOOF Odd Fellows.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Agnew Funeral Home in Paris with Reverend Robert Frey officiating. Visitation will be from 12 until time of service on Friday at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Paris.
Memorials may be made to the Paris Senior Citizen’s Center.
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