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L. Nick Beers

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L. Nick Beers Obituary
L. NICK BEERS, LT. COL. USAF (RET) April 3, 1938 - May 14, 2013 Lt. Col. Beers was born on April 3, 1938 in Angola, Indiana and grew up in Auburn, Indiana. He was an Eagle Scout who got the opportunity to come to California in 1953 for the National Scout Jamboree, an experience he never forgot. A true Indiana Hoosier, he graduated from Trine University in Angola in 1961 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He entered the United States Air Force in March 1962. Lt. Col. Beers served at Harlingen AFB, TX, Mather AFB, CA, Dyess AFB, TX, Castle AFB, CA and March AFB, CA. As a Navigator Bombardier on B-52s, Lt. Col. Beers was protecting our nation during the Cold War. As a 15th Air Force Operations Officer, Lt. Col. Beers was instrumental in establishing Strategic and Contingency War Plans. After many distinguished years of service, he retired in October 1983. After his retirement from the Air Force, he became a financial consultant for American Express Financial Advisers for 15 years. He was a dedicated member of the Riverside Elks Lodge, #643 for 10 years and a member of the San Bernardino Elks, #836 for several years prior. At the Riverside Lodge, he was Veterans Committee chairman for many years and took great pride in serving the Vets at Jerry Pettis Hospital and the men in the US Vets program at March Air Reserve Base. He organized the volunteers for the first 24 hour reading of names at the Riverside National Cemetery. He also served as Flag Day Chairman and years ago made a DVD of this patriotic ceremony to be given to local schools. His greatest joy, however, was working with the four JROTC units at Ramona, Poly, Arlington and King High Schools. He was so very proud of all his "kids." Nick and Georganne spent many happy days in their RV traveling with the Stag Ring #836 group including the Balloon festival in Albuquerque and yearly jaunts to Pahrump, Nevada. They went ocean to ocean and border to border twice. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Huey Beers, in 1976. He is survived by his best friend of 31 years and wife of 21 years, Georganne; daughters Megan King, Susan Gillies (Paul), Shannon Holland (Tim), Gigi McDonald (Rick); grandchildren Kristen, Katie, Christine, Julie, Kelsey, Dave and Kimberly. The Beers family will be honored to have your presence at the following: THE VIEWING: 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 22nd at Akes Family Funeral Home, 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503. BURIAL SERVICES: 10:15am, Thursday, May 23 at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area 2, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Celebration of his Life: 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 23 at the Riverside Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside, CA 92506 with refreshments and storytelling to follow in the ballroom. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in honor of Nick, please pick or The BPOE #643 Veteran Committee at 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071 Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.

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Published in Press-Enterprise from May 18 to May 19, 2013
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