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BEYMER, John Tyler "In memory of a life so beautifully lived... a heart so deeply loved".... Age 90, passed away Sunday December 22, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Charles W. Beymer and Grace C. (Carder) Beymer, He attended Columbus West High School where he excelled as an athlete. He was 3rd. in the State in wrestling, 6th in track, played football, boxed, and after his baseball team won State, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was also chosen as a delegate to Boy's State in 1941. He was a member of Hilltop Lutheran where he sang in the choir and was President of the Luther League. After HS graduation, he served in the Naval Air Force in WWII as an aerial gunner from 1942-1946 on 3 aircraft carriers, the Liscome Bay, the Saratoga, and the Wasp. He was involved in 8 major conflicts where he was decorated with many battle ribbons and stars. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the sinking of the Liscome Bay off the Gilbert Islands. He was one of 272 survivors, 644 perished. After the war, he attended Wittenberg University where he played football and was nicknamed "Twinkle Toes" Beymer for his prowess as a running back. He met and married his college sweetheart Nancy (Spragg) and they were blessed with two children, Rebecca and Brad. He served as Tipp City Recreation Director, worked at GM Aero Products and then began his dream vocation, a career in education. He received his Masters of Education Administration in 1963 from Miami of Ohio. He spent 27 years as a teacher and principal in the Vandalia Butler school system, where he mentored countless students and teachers. After retiring, he and Nancy traveled and enjoyed attending the activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Nancy were long time members of Shiloh Church, where he served as Deacon and on various committees. He served as President of numerous organizations, yet with all the wonderful accomplishments in his life, the one of which he was most proud, was the chance to make a difference in a child's life. Over the years, we (his family) heard many testimonials as to his influence and how fondly he was remembered. He was often mentioned as "the best teacher I ever had". He made a point to call his students "young people" instead of children, a sign of respect for their feelings, no matter what their age. As for his family and friends, he was often described as "the best man I have ever known". He was revered for his compassion, his unconditional love for all, and his wisdom. He was truly " young at heart" and his laughter and famous hugs could brighten any day. He had a wonderful life but faced considerable adversities... always with courage, determination and strength. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Nancy, his parents, his brothers Don and Ken, his sisters Martha and Geraldine and a special lady named Ellen. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Eric Fogarty, his son Brad Beymer, his grandchildren Neil (Kerry) Fogarty, Dr. Nicole Fogarty (Kevin DeFosset), Amy (Scott) Fulton and Zachary Beymer. Also by 4 great-grandchildren Caleb, Ellie, Aliya, and Madison. He leaves many other family members and friends especially an "angel" Jennifer who helped care for him and made his life richer. He will be greatly missed. Services will be held Saturday, January 11, at 10:00, at Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr. Dayton, Ohio with a procession to Maple Hill Cemetery in Tipp City for an honor guard ceremony with taps and 21 gun salute following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the (alz.org) or the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at Bakerhazelsnider.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Dec. 29, 2013
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