Robert Wesley Beavers –94 of Hebron, NE
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7
This is my life. A life just like yours; a life filled with many joys and heartaches just like yours; a life of hard work, a jack of all trades and a master of none; a life filled with love for my wife and children; a life well traveled from the Atlantic Ocean off the Georgia Coast to the great Niagara Falls in the empire state of New York, the prairies of Wyoming to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, the great Pacific Ocean off of the golden state of California to the boyhood memories of the corn fields of Iowa where great red barns dotted the countryside to the scraping of the land and earth and the building of bridges so my fellow man can travel this great land of Nebraska, a life filled with patriotism for this great country we live in and the symbol of that patriotism the American Flag for which I am truly grateful for and the many lives which died so that myself and all people in this great country of ours can be free. A life touched by a good and great God who watched over my many trials and tribulations. YES THIS IS MY LIFE!
I was born Robert Wesley Beavers on September 30, 1910 at Garden Grove, Iowa, the son of Freely and Maude Stevens Beavers. I was the youngest child of eight in the family.
I attended school at Woodland, Iowa until the 8th grade. Upon completion of school I worked at a dairy farm in Leon, Iowa for several years. After working at the dairy farm I traveled to Wyoming and became a farm laborer for several years. On October 16, 1927 I arrived in Hebron, NE where I worked on several area farms in the Carleton, Davenport and Hebron areas. I began working for the Capital Bridge Company on the bridge across Highway 81 in 1934. It was at this time that I married my beloved wife, Nellie Freda O’Neil at Lincoln, NE on April 21, 1934. Our first home in Hebron was two rooms rented to us by Florence Justes. Later we moved to an upstairs apartment on Lincoln Avenue. The bridge was completed in 1935 and I began working for J.E. Shearer, contractor in Hebron. I worked for him for 25 years, moving sand, gravel and unloading coal. In 1960 I worked at the lime quarry for two years and in 1962 I worked for Stewart Brothers construction. I worked and moved dirt with a D-6 Cat on the first leg of the Interstate 80 from Ashland, Nebraska to Omaha, Nebraska. In 1968I began working for the State of Nebraska as a heavy equipment operator and worked for them for 10 years. In 1978 I began working as an independent contractor, moving snow, plowing gardens, small construction and many other various jobs that have fulfilled my life.
Great joys in my life certainly were the births of my three daughters, Donna Jean, Bonna Jane and Judy L. The care that was given to me by my beloved wife will always by remembered, the baking of bread every Saturday, the washing of clothes, the constant vigil by her when I was sick. Yes the many GREAT JOYS IN MY LIFE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Freely and Maude Beavers; one daughter, Bonna Jane Mehle; Two granddaughters, Pamela Beavers and Rebecca Tracy; four brothers, Ellis, Rollie, Thomas and Clyde Alfred Beavers; three sisters, Grace Leaper, Ruth Land and Eula May Sears.
He departed this life on August 16, 2005 at Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, Hebron, NE at the age of 94 and left to mourn my passing is my beloved wife Nellie; two daughters, Donna Jean Cline of Chula Vista, California and Judy Tracy and husband Wes of Hebron, NE; seven grandchildren, Robert Cline and wife Dawn of NC, Patricia Laughlin and husband Al of MN, Priscilla Laughlin and husband Walter of NC, Kelly Norberg of CO. Kathleen Keefe of CO, Richard Tracy and wife Elizebeth of Lincoln, NE, Rachelle Myers and husband Brent of Broken Bow, NE ; 13 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.
I am so truly thankful for this GREAT LIFE I have had and I am so thankful for all my dear friends who have shared and made mine a WONDERFUL LIFE.
Funeral Services will be held this Saturday 2 PM August 20, 2005 at Hebron Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Hebron, Officiating is Pastor John Walton, visitation will be held this Friday August 19, 2005 9AM to 8 PM. Organist Ila Currey, soloist Pastor John Walton, congregational hymns “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, and “Amazing Grace”, special selection “Going Down The Valley One By One”. Casket bearers Wes Tracy, Richard Tracy, Brent Meyers, Marlow Huber, Francis Rauner, Jr., Leonard Worm. Interment will be held at Rose Hill cemetery in Hebron, NE, In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the First Christian Church of Hebron, NE. Hebron Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.