Dear Jane and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of your tragic loss and we want you all to know that our concern and prayers are with you all. We are praying for comfort and peace as you face the days ahead.
Love and Prayers,
Jerry, Lynda and Family
My sincere sympathies to all of those who loved Brian during these hard days. I'm one of those many people who knew Brian at MSU--- though we only crossed paths a few times over the years, and not at all recently, know how sincerely I share that he was always so kind, so easy to get along with, such a good soul to everyone he encountered. As others wrote, his sincerity in the way he lived was striking.
May God's Comforter wrap you up as you grieve, honor his life, and take courage from what you shared in loving him as a family.
-Becky, MSU (Science Olympiad)
Uncle Brian - So it seems like just yesterday we were all swinging in the yard, taking turns begging for you and Grampa to swing us around. Climbing the tree.......I treasure all those family memories. I never heard you yell, rarely saw you get mad. :) Now you've left us so early, but in a way and in a place that no one could have planned any better if they tried. I find some comfort in that. I also find comfort in that you're with Gramma and Grampa and Sean now. Give them all a big hug for me and I will see you all when I get there. Love, Annette
Big Bri was a staple in the upbringing of alot of us friends of Seans and Tims. He used to take us backstage to meet some pretty cool folks at the aud. and Wharton, anywhere from Cheap Trick to Sam Kinison, etc. He was always at our sporting events when there wasn't a big event on campus, and I'll never forget the freezer full of T.V. dinners that he always kept stocked. I dont know if we ever left anything in there for him, but he never gave us too much crap for it. Sorry for your loss Jane, but know that our memories of Big Bri will last forever! Love you guys!
I will certainly miss catching up with "Big Bri" every year when I come back to MI. Brian and Jane both played an important role in raising me, teaching me right from wrong, the value of apologies and forgiveness and simply how to be a good person. Brian was a model "gentleman" so most of his teachings were by example.
I have many fond memories with the Archer/Beebe family at Lake 'O the Hills, Okemos Rd, Haslett Rd, Pine Lake, Haslett games, MSU games and of course Pecks Lake. Brian is a big part of all of those memories and I am grateful to him and Jane (as well as Tim, Dave, Greg, Geoff and Sean) for being such a big part of my life.
I regret that I cannot attend the funeral to pay my respects in person, but I am certainly comforted knowing Jane and the rest of the family have such a large extended "family" to support them in this difficult time. I know I am only one of many that think of Big Bri and Jane as a second set of parents.