Obituaries for week of Aug. 29, 2012
Fred Beymer Jr.
February 10, 1924 - June 22, 2012
Former Warm Springs and Camp Sherman resident Fred Hennen Beymer Jr., 88, passed away June 22, 2012, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles.
Fred was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Portland, to parents Fred and Mable Beymer. He moved with his parents to Klamath Falls, where they managed a hotel. While attending Henley High School, he met his future wife, Patricia Elaine Short.
Fred graduated from high school in 1942, and as World War II was under way, he and four buddies joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He went to Camp Pendleton at San Diego for paratroop training.
After service in New Zealand and New Guinea, he was sent with 5th Division of the Marines to the Big Island in Hawaii to train for assault on the strategic island of Iwo Jima.
There is a monument on the Parker Ranch where they trained, thanking members of the 5th Division of the Marines for their bravery. Fred participated in the landing and securing of Iwo Jima.
Like most returning soldiers, he never spoke much of that horrifying experience. But he often said there are no atheists in fox holes. When Japan finally surrendered, Fred was one of the first U.S. soldiers to occupy Japan.
He was very proud of his service with the Marine Corps. One of his regrets was that he had not become a member of the Marine Corps Band. He was a talented trombone player.
Before going to the Pacific, Fred's high school sweetheart, Patricia, her parents and Fred's parents met in San Diego where Fred and Pat were married on Feb. 19, 1944. While he was away, his first child, Michael Fred, was born. When the war ended, Fred returned to his family in Klamath Falls.
He and Pat purchased a house and acreage from Pat's father and proceeded to raise potatoes and children. Following their son Mike were Starla Sue, Bill Patrick, Becky Jo and Kelly Lee.
Fred taught his children the fine art of baling hay, driving hay trucks, and riding horses. He drove them around Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, where they competed in junior rodeos. He was instrumental in founding the Klamath Falls Junior Rodeo.
Fred was always a showman. Photos from that time show him pictured as a cheerleader in high school, and as a performer in musicals with friends as they put on shows to raise money to build the Mount Laki Presbyterian Church. He and Pat also sang in the church choir.
Fred and his father were in the Klamath County Sheriff's Posse. One of their events was to ride from Klamath to Lakeview every year for the rodeo. Horses were a major part of Fred's life.
In 1963, he loaded up his horses and family and moved to Sisters, where he worked for a rancher, while Pat taught school. They lived in Sisters for awhile, then discovered nearby Camp Sherman, where they bought an A-frame restaurant and sold homemade French fries, ice cream and hamburgers during the summer season.
Fred found a carpenter, and together they put up an outdoor stable so he could put his children to work guiding trail rides. The family also took tourists into the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on pack trips, where Fred would heat up his large grill and fry up a feast.
He was a man of many talents. One of Starla's memories of his cooking was him laughing out loud as he watched his children at the counter crying as they tried to eat his "onion" pancakes.
From Camp Sherman, they went to the Oregon Coast, where they had a pony right at the Pixieland amusement park. Their next adventure was in Kah-Nee-Ta, where they put their horses to work providing rides to guests of the resort.
Fred and Pat lived in numerous places over the years, including Simnasho, Imnaha, and in Northern Nevada, where Fred worked on ranches and Pat taught in one- and two-room schools. Fred also drove school bus and headed up the cafeteria.
They bought a house at Baker City and commuted back and forth from Orvada, Nev., to Baker City on weekends. When Pat retired, they continued to live in Baker City and also spent time on their property outside Halfway, where they often entertained their children, 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Fred and Pat were married for 68 years.
Looking through over 400 photos of Fred, family members noted that in most he was smiling. Fred always had a positive outlook on life and loved to laugh. As we say a farewell to you Fred, please know that we think about you often and remember you with love. Thanks Papa Fred.
A memorial service has been held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, with arrangements under the direction of Gray's West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.
Allan Lynn Minson
November 18, 1966 - August 15, 2012
Madras resident Allan Lynn Minson, 45, passed away Aug. 15, 2012, in Bend.
He was born Nov. 18, 1966, in Eugene, to parents Walter and Geraldine Minson. Allan graduated from Job Corps in Tacoma, Wash., in June of 1984, then attended two years at Bates College in Tacoma, obtaining a boiler's license.
He had lived in Madras for 13 years, and previously lived in Tacoma and Lexington, Kent. Allan worked in the maintenance department at Bright Wood Corp. for five years before he got hurt and had to retire.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing video games, reading mystery novels, gardening and spending time with family. He attended the Christian Church.
Survivors include his parents, Walter and Geraldine Minson of Madras; his former wife, LaTonya Keel of La Pine; daughters, Jessica, Cheyenne and Brianna, all of La Pine; brothers, Marlin, Gary and Troy, all of Madras; sisters-in-law, Jackie, Twila, Monica, all of Madras, and Pam of Springfield; nephews, Troy Jr., Greg, Gary Jr., and Tyler, all of Madras, and Noah of Hawaii; nieces, Heidi, Tisha, Kayla, Auna, and MacKenzie of Madras, and TyAnn of Hawaii; great-nephews and nieces, Nate, Jordan, Josiah and Kamari, Leland and Jaslyn, all of Madras, Tyler, Ronnie, Japheth, Tannin, Olivia and Elexon, all of Hawaii.; aunts, Judy of La Pine, Edie of Oklahoma, and Lea of Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, and uncles, Robert, James and Donald.
A memorial will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.