James "Jim" Boyd Beers, 92, of the Cabot/Sarver area, was renewed by our heavenly father on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, while under the loving care of Good Samaritan Hospice. Jim met his loving and devoted wife, the surviving Vivian (Artman), while attending Freeport High School. The two were married for more than 70 years. Jim proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. Prior to his retirement, he worked at DuCO Ceramics, Saxonburg, for 35 years as a die setter. He also served as scoutmaster at First Lutheran Church, Leechburg, and later for St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sarver. Jim loved being outdoors. For many years, he and Vivian would enjoy their freshly canned homemade fruit and vegetables of all varieties produced from their gardens. He liked to fish and work in his woodshop. He and Vivian loved to entertain and were primarily known for the country-style picnics filled with food, fun, campfires and laughter, but his passion was camping. He and his family traveled throughout the country over the years with one of the more memorable trips spent with Vivian, brother, Dutch, and his sister-in-law, Leona (Onie) exploring the "other" side of the country. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Sammy (Mary) Hoover; his father and stepmother, James (Florence) Beer; brother, Neil (Forry); sister, Marilyn Vollmer; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Everett and Mildred Artman, whom he loved dearly. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy (Mike) Weltner, of Natrona Heights, and Mindy (Frank) Williams, of South Buffalo Township; and seven grandchildren, Joe (Ricki) Weltner, Susan (Chris) Lovgren, Justin Beck, Chelsea Kolish, Luke, Amanda and Crystal Williams. Jim is survived by four great-grandchildren, Tyler Williams, Sierra Shearer, Bryce and Garrett Lovgren; brothers, Darl (Dutch), Don and Jerry Beer; and sisters, Charlotte Gruber, Nancy Kolek, Doris Doerr, Joyce Bastin, Pam Goldstrom and Barbara Beer. Jim will always be remembered as a loyal friend, devoted family member and a man who would go out of his way to help anyone in need. In mirroring his love for his Lord, he had a quiet softness for his wife, daughters and grandchildren. His loved ones will certainly carry him in their hearts forever. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Jim's life at the viewings to be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the DENNIS J. DAUGHERTY FUNERAL HOME, 324 Fourth St., Freeport, 724-295-3100, where funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, with Pastor Shawn Smith officiating. Committal ceremonies and burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West Leechburg. In lieu of flowers, his family respectfully requests memorial donations be made in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, or Dementia Society of America
. Please visit www.daughertyfh.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Oct. 13, 2021.