Frederick William Beer, III
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BELLVILLE: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) Fred Beer diligently read and studied his bible. Not out of obligation but for the sheer desire to want to grow closer to God each new day. Bold in his convictions, Fred was confident when sharing God's word with others.
Even after living with cancer, Fred's spirit remained strong, knowing that God's plan for his life was perfect. On Monday, June 10, 2013, God's faithful servant, Frederick William Beer, III, of Bellville died following a courageous five month battle with brain cancer. He was 57.
Born August 18, 1955 the son of Dean W. and Frances (Moyer) Beer, Fred graduated from Madison High School in 1973. While still in school, Fred was eating out with a friend and couldn't help but notice his cute waitress. Telling his friend, "someday I'm going to marry that girl." On December 6, 1974 he married the love of his life, Terry Smith.
Shortly after their wedding, Fred enlisted in the Army. He served three years on active duty and one year in the Army Reserves. Fred continued his military career serving in the 179th Tactical Airlift Group working as a Combat Arms Instructor. After 21 years of service, Fred retired holding the rank of Master Sergeant.
Fred first began his career in masonry as a 17 year old teenager. First working as a tender, Fred learned to mix mortar and carried block. A fast learner, he was quickly given the opportunity to lay block, working as a mason. Motivated and confident in his abilities, Fred started his own masonry company: F. W. Beer Masonry. Working nearly seven days a week, and many days from dusk till dawn, Fred became known as one of the most talented masons in North Central Ohio. In the mid 1990's his oldest son Chris began working along side. Building a good name and quality brand, F. W. Beer and Son Masonry was driven by superior workmanship offered at a fair price.
While in the Army the saying, "hurry up and wait", was instilled in Fred and to him fifteen minutes early was on time. Fred certainly understood the value of hard work. He never missed a day of work due to illness. Seldom complaining, he tolerated pain, pushing through until that particular job was completed.
When at home, Fred spent time as an apiarist (beekeeper). Those close to him knew Fred's honey was the very best quality. He cared for multiple hives on his property and every fall would extract honey from his honey supers. After several filtering processes Fred's honey was ready to be bottled and tasted.
Fred enjoyed music. Singing in his high schools ensemble, he appreciated the harmony of a well-written song. Fred enjoyed many styles of music from bluegrass to gospel and contemporary pop to du-op, Fred was drawn to music that spoke to his emotions.
Well read, Fred mostly studied the bible, but was also interested in American History, classic novels, and politics.
An encourager, Fred never shied away from praising his children and grandchildren. Voicing his support at sporting events, Fred made sure his family knew that he was proud of them.
Married for 38 years, Fred was a continual pillar of support for Terry. As husband, Fred was a provider, offering stability, and spiritual strength to their marriage. Together they supported one another as their faith in the Messiah grew stronger.
"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation." (Isaiah 12:2) Passionate about Yahweh, Fred was blessed with the knowledge to understand and teach scripture. The margins of his bibles filled with notes and references, Fred studied on his own, linking scripture to scripture, he pieced together God's message. Fred loved talking about Yahweh. He attended weekly bible studies, often talking with friends until 1-2 a.m.
A faithful believer, Fred was never afraid of dying. He just wanted to spend more time with his precious family. Often stating, "I am nothing, the Messiah is everything!" Fred's passion for Christ was hard to miss. He simply couldn't stop talking about his Savior.
Fred is survived by his loving wife, Terry Beer of Bellville, two sons Chris (Jenny) Beer of Mansfield and Frederick W. Beer, IV, (Tiffany) Beer of Lexington; daughter Amanda (Sean) Snyder of Bellville; grandchildren Christian, Brooke, Liam, Natalie, Frederick W. Beer V, Logan Beer and Adelyn and Amelia Snyder; mother Frances Beer of Mansfield; sister Lucy Montgomery, brother Aaron (Lisa) Beer, brother Tom (Kay) Moyer all of Mansfield, sister Deanna (Bob) Whittemire of Treadway, Tennessee, brother David Moyer of Mansfield; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Along with his father Dean W. Beer, Fred was preceded in death by a stillborn sister Carol Beer.
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 3-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. Fred's son-in-law Sean Snyder will speak. Burial with full military honors performed by the 179th Airlift Wing Honor Guard will follow in Lantz Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.
Private online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal on June 12, 2013