Edward W. Beer, of Harbor Springs, completed his journey to his eternal heavenly home with God on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at McLaren hospital in Petoskey.
Beloved husband of Julia (Laszar Ross) Beer, she survives him. Devoted father of Doug (Suzie) Beer of Harbor Springs, Lynne (Frank) Deptula of Grand Rapids, Greg (Holly) Beer of Adrian. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Lawrence of Sarasota, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Lois (Martin) Beer, of Petoskey; plus many nieces and nephews. Preceding Edward in death were his parents; four brothers; Martin, John, Joseph and George Beer; and one brother-in-law, Elmer Lawrence.
Edward was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force during World War II.
After the war he met and married his sweetheart, Julia. They were wed on Aug. 30, 1947 at Holy Family Church in Saginaw by the Monsignor John Supernaw. Delighting in the beauty of the Harbor Springs area and enjoying winter respites in Freeport, Bahamas, Edward and Julia enjoyed 64 wonderful years of marriage.
Edward's love of sports, in particular golf, gave him many years of spirited athletics and wonderful friendships. Edward was a low handicap golfer who enjoyed advising his competitors, with a smile on his face, to "improve your game," as no strokes were conceded. With his son, Doug, Edward enjoyed many years of competition in the Duffers Golf League. They leave as their legacy many trophies bearing their names.
A memorial Mass celebrating Edward's life will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Holy Childhood Church.
The family would like to extend gratefulness to Dr. John Diedrich and Dr. Peter Levanovich for their excellent care of Edward, and to VitalCare and Little Traverse Hospice for their compassionate care and unwavering support to Edward and his family. In memorial, consider Holy Childhood Church, a charity of your choice, or in place of a monetary gift, perform an act of kindness for someone in need.