WILLIAM 'BILL' B. BEYER, 78 GALENA - William "Bill" V. Beyer, 78, of Galena, IL passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 9, 1935 in Galena the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Bennett) Beyer. Bill served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Madonna Knautz on October 3, 1959 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Galena and she survives. Bill worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for thirty-one years until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed fishing, reading and gardening. Bill could often be found spending his morning sharing a cup of coffee and the local gossip with his many friends downtown Galena. Bill was a lifetime member of the Galena VFW Post #2665. He was an avid Galena Pirate and Chicago Bear fan. He is survived by his wife; five children, Vickie (Bill) Travis of Elizabeth, Sue (Keith) Reisen of Hazel Green, WI, Mary Beyer of Hanover, IL, Joe Beyer and Amanda Beyer all of Galena; seven grandchildren, Jennifer O'Neill, Tiffany (Rudi) Ziegler, Morgan (Sean) Bradshaw, Terissa O'Neill, Kellsey Beyer, Celia and Livia Bailey; five great-grandchildren, Noah Kuligowski, Thomas Werner, Lillian Ziegler, Sebastian Ziegler and Gweneth Bradshaw; two sisters, Rachel Stilson and Mary (Lyle) Daves; three sisters in-law, Corrine Sertle, Shirley (Arlen) Morris and Sandy (Ronald) Kracke; two brothers in-law, Duane and Julius Knautz. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Benjamin Beyer; and a sister, Cathy Campbell. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Furlong Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Galena where military honors will be accorded by VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193, Galena. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com.
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Galena, IL 61036
Published in The Journal-Standard from June 11 to June 12, 2014