James Richard Bever


September 24, 1923 - October 2, 2013

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James Richard Bever, 90, of rural Lagro, went peacefully to join his wife, Peggy Lou (Baer) at 11:45 pm Wednesday, October 2, in his home. He celebrated 90 memorable years tilling the soil, planting roots for his family, and harvesting laughter. He was born September 24, 1923, in Wabash County, Indiana, to James W. and Nellie M. (Ply) Bever. He attended Linlawn School High School. He married Peggy in Richvalley on October 10, 1947; she died September 19, 2013.

James was a lifelong farmer. He retired from Celotex after 25 years. He attended Dora Christian Church and was a charter member of the Lagro Lions Club. He loved baling hay, mowing yard, his John Deere tractors, but most of all making his grandchildren laugh.

He is survived by his four children; Diane (Steve) Turner, of Wabash, Susie (John) Martin, of Roann, Tim (Lisa) Bever, of Andrews, and Lori Sampson (Greg Rosemeyer), of Avon; three brothers; John (Peggy) Bever, Lagro, Frank (Olive) Bever, North Manchester, and Tom (Emma) Bever, Wabash. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Robert Bever, and a sister, Mary Jane Knotts.

His devoted grandchildren and their families include: Tim Mohr, Stephanie (Scott) Summers, Jeremy (Kristi) Dunn, Aaron (Kristi) Turner, Shaunda (Matt) Jarrett, Melinda (Will) Scott, Allen Davis, Todd (Krys) Martin, Greg (Rebecca) Martin, Marc Bever, Jennie (Jason) Warnock, Matt Bever, Neil Bever, Ryan (Nicole) Sampson, Eric Sampson and 25 loving great-grandchildren. And to quote Grandpa, "They're all good kids."

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Mark Wisniewski officiating. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Lagro Volunteer Fire Department and the Alzheimer's Association.