Wayne T. Beyers, 90, of Pana, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Pana Community Hospital.
He was born August 31, 1923 in Pana, the son of Frank & Clara (Comerford) Beyers. Wayne graduated as Valedictorian from Pana High School, Class of 1941. He lived in Pana his entire life. He enjoyed water skiing, camping, gardening, reading, and going to all of his grandchildren’s activities. He made his living as a farmer, and loved his farm. Wayne was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana; life-long member of Pana Knights of Columbus; served 2 terms as a Pana School Board member, serving as President, during which time the new high school, the current Jr. high, was being built. Wayne Beyers & Eleanor Creamer were married in Assumption in 1945, and they were married for 68 years.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Beyers, Pana, IL; children: Jim Beyers & wife Jean, Wichita, KS; Joe Beyers & wife Kathy, Saratoga, CA; Mark Beyers & Wife Debbie, Pana, IL; and Diane Ricketts & husband Tom, Lake Village, IN; 15 grandchildren: Amanda, Megan, Brad, Sarah, Jessica, Jeff, Jason, Amanda, Katie, Kevin, Aaron, Amy, Jenny, Jared, & Morgan; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Chet Beyers, Pana, IL. He was preceded by his parents; brothers: Ben Beyers & Frank Beyers; granddaughter, Kathy Ricketts; and daughter-in-law, Janet Meachum Beyers.
Funeral mass will be Saturday, January 25, 2014 in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Rodney A. Schwartz officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Pana. Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
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