Fred W. "Sarge" Beer (1942 - 2015)

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Fred W. "Sarge" Beer, 73, Millcreek, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Dec. 21, 1942, a son of the late James and Sadie Alsbaugh Beer.
Fred attended South High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and then went on to serve in the United States Air Force.
He served 20 years in the Air Force, the final four years as ROTC instructor at Akron University. Following his retirement, he taught JROTC at McDowell High School for 21 years, with Lt. Col. Donald O'Hara and Col. Ron Merriott.
Fred was a life member of the Millcreek and DuBois American Legion, life member of the DuBois VFW, member of the Lions Club in DuBois and a member of the Erie Siebenbuerger Club.
Fred received the USAF Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
He enjoyed hunting camp, fishing and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and James Beer and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Beer.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Darlene Kurrus Beer; three sons: Fred Beer Jr. and Cheryl Cussins of DuBois, Richard Beer and his wife, Lisa, and Adam Beer and his wife, Kate, both of Erie; five grandsons: Blair, Connor, Carter, Bryson and Memphis, all of Erie; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his wife Darlene's family, her brother and six sisters.
He is further survived by four close friends, Col. Ron Merriott, Rich Coursey, 1st Sgt. Bill Crabill and MSgt Ralph "Bud" Julian.
Fred's family would like to thank them for their friendship, care and compassion during his illness.
The family would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of Sarge's former ROTC cadets who have visited and sent cards and prayers.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th St. (at Powell Avenue), Erie, and from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel Inc., 142 W. Long Ave., DuBois. An additional hour of viewing will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel, Inc. with Pastor Mick Ent officiating. Burial to follow at Boone Mountain Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the DuBois VFW Post 813 Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to the McDowell Air Force JROTC Alumni Association, Inc.,P.O. Box 8201, Erie, PA 16505.
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Published in The Courier Express from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Mohney-Yargar Funeral Chapel, Inc.
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