Burton H. Beyer, 89, Beaver Dam

November 14, 2018

Burton H. Beyer, Beaver Dam, went to his heavenly home to be with his beloved wife, Elaine, at the age of 89. Burt passed away Nov. 9, 2018, at Sylvan Crossing in Beaver Dam.

A memorial gathering will be held Friday, Nov. 16, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, with the Beaver Dam American Legion to gather at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. to pay their respects. A gathering will also be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 until 11 a.m. at Trinity Church – United Methodist in Beaver Dam. A celebration of Burt’s life will follow at the church Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Cherie Forret will officiate. Military honors conducted by Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 will immediately follow the funeral at the church. Inurnment will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, township of Trenton at a later date.

Born March 6, 1929, to Harry and Laura (Wollenburg) Beyer, Burt was a 1947 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. He married the love of his life, Elaine (Bussewitz) on April 3, 1954. Together they had two children, Jeffrey and Julie, who were their pride and joy. Burt and Elaine enjoyed life to the fullest and were married for 59 years. Burt was employed by Wisconsin Telephone Company for 32 years and retired in 1985. He saw action in Korea from 1951 to 1953 and was a member of John E. Miller Post 146.

Burt and Elaine loved to travel and were fortunate to travel to Europe, Alaska, twice to Hawaii and many other places around the country. After retiring, they purchased a motor home and traveled to all 48 contiguous states and twice to Canada. He enjoyed woodworking, talking with friends and neighbors, dancing to big band music, but mostly spending time with family. He was a member of Trinity Church – United Methodist where he enjoyed many church activities including ushering, being a greeter, working with the rummage sales and helping wherever needed. He was an active member of the Beaver Dam community including the Beaver Dam Senior Citizen woodshop where he took particular pride in refurbishing a sleigh in 2017, local VFW, his church and Habitat for Humanity. He was thrilled to be selected to go on the Badger Honor Flight on May 16, 2015 with his son, Jeff.

Burt was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine in March 2013; brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Martha Beyer; sister, Nancy Beyer; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gertrude and Stanley Draheim; brother-in-law, Jerrold Bussewitz; daughter-in-law, Laura Beyer; and other relatives.

Burt is survived by his son, Jeffrey Beyer (special friend Beth Roedl); his daughter, Julie (Dan) White; grandchildren, Jenny (Steve) Kupcho, Matt (Ellie) White, and Adam (Becky) Beyer; step grandson, Ryan Kline; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Kupcho, Ian White, Laura White; step great-grandchildren, Ethan Koopmans, Stephanie Kline and Brandon Kline; and other friends and relatives.

If desired, memorials in Burt’s name may be directed to Hillside Hospice, Trinity Church – United Methodist, or to St. John’s Lutheran Church, all of Beaver Dam.

The family thanks everyone at Hillside Hospice and Homecare for the care and concern shown to Burt and the entire family during his last journey, the Rev. Cherie Forret, the staff at Sylvan Crossing and Visiting Angels, the “Cozy Corner” group at Trinity, the “guys” at the woodshop, neighbors and his many friends for their prayers and visits.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at koepsellfh.com.

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