Mr. Richard Devilo Beeman, age 77, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 26, 2010. He grew up in Grand Rapids during the Depression. That era made a great impression on his life. After meeting Phyllis, they dated, enjoyed a loving courtship, and were married on February 23, 1952. For over 40 years, he worked for Sackner Productions. Richard was a gentleman who enjoyed deer hunting and NASCAR racing, but his favorite activity was dining out. You might want to ask Richard’s family about the story when the Tigers won the World Series in 1968. He was a loving and affectionate husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Richard taught his children to think ahead and was big-hearted. He was a member of Pilgrim Bible Church. Richard and Phyllis liked traveling and have many special memories of those times. He is survived by his loving wife, the former Phyllis Wetzel; children, Mrs. JoEllen Enter of Sand Lake, Sharon and Paul Bishop of Cedar Springs, Richard Beeman, Jr., of Sand Lake, Marcia McCarry of Holland, Donna and Don Slocum of Cedar Springs; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Cathy Beeman of Grand Haven; 18 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Evelyn Moon of Manton; brothers, Leonard and Johanna Beeman of Grand Rapids, and Jim and Carol Beeman of Sparta; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Edward Beeman; sons-in-law, Gary Enter and Scott Trout; his grandson, Patrick Beeman; and several brothers and sisters. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Beeman was held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church with Pastor Knox Bullock officiating. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or Spectrum Health Hospice, 5400 Breton Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford