Tuesday, October 17, 2006

+Robert V. Beery+ 1913-2006

My grandpa, Robert Beery, went Home Sunday evening, October 15.

You can read the official obituary here, but I want to tell you about my grandpa.
The first word that comes to my mind when I think of my grandpa is strong. Although he worked in a managerial position in industry, he was very much an outdoorsman. He loved to fish. And he had a gorgeous garden and grew some of the best musk melons and tomatoes I've ever had.

I remember following him around the garden and hearing about all of the different things growing. One year I remember he was particularly excited about his strawberries. I remember many times sitting by the shed out behind their house shucking corn together. I'm sure I was kind of a pain to have around when I was a kid. I hated bugs or dirt and I think I may have been a bit whiny. But I don't remember grandpa ever saying that I couldn't tag along.

What I do remember is looking for hickory nuts and grandpa carrying his shotgun in case he saw a critter. I remember being forced to hold worms before grandpa baited my hook and realizing worms were pretty cool.

When I found Colin, Grandpa gained a checkers opponent. Not many people could actually give grandpa a game, but my brilliant engineer husband could. It wasn't until grandpa hit his late 80's--and had taught Colin most of his tricks--that Colin could beat him with any regularity.

I wrote about the 70 years of marriage that he and my grandma shared on my old blog back in January. Their life together has been a wonderful lesson for our whole family.

He was also a great-grandpa, and as you can see in the picture of him with our three oldest, not the arms-length type. One of the best parts about moving back to Indiana four and a half years ago is that my kids got to spend lots of time with my grandparents. Even in the last months when grandpa didn't always know who I was--he'd call me the woman with all the kids--he was always happy to see them. Just a couple of weeks ago as we were leaving after a visit they each got a hug and grandpa told them he loved them.

Like most men of his generation Grandpa didn't talk a lot about his faith, but it was there sure and solid and was always a visible part of his life. In these last years he's been a bit more likely to talk about it and knew his Savior and where he was going to be.

Jesus lives! The victory's won!
Death no longer can appal me;
Jesus lives! Death's reign is done!
From the grave Christ will recall me.
Brighter scenes will then commence;
This shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! To Him the throne
High o'er heaven and earth is given.
I shall go where He is gone,
Live and reign with Him in heaven.
God is faithful. Doubtings, hence!
This shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! For me He died,
Hence will I, to Jesus living,
Pure in heart and act abide,
Praise to Him and glory giving.
Freely God doth aid dispense;
This shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! I know full well
Naught from me His love shall sever;
Life nor death nor powers of hell
Part me now from Christ forever.
God will be a sure Defense;
This shall be my confidence.

Jesus lives! and now is death
But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath
When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,
Jesus is my confidence!

The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Rom. 8:11
Author: Christian F. Gellert, 1757, ab.
Translated by: Frances E. Cox, 1841, alt.
Titled: "Jesus lebt, mit ihm auch ich"
Composer: Johann Crueger, 1656
Tune: "Jesus, meine Zuversicht"


Susan said...

Oh, Jane, I'm so sorry for your loss. I almost typed "I hope your mom and grandma are doing okay," but I'm sure they're not. It hurts.

Genuine Lustre said...

Please accept my sympathy Jane. It sounds like he's going to leave a big hole.

Presbytera said...

"Lord let at last Thine angels come, to Abram's bosom bear me home, that I may die unfearing; and in its narrow chamber keep my body safe in peaceful sleep until Thy reappearing. And then from death awaken me that these mine eyes with joy may see, O Son of God, Thy glorious face, my Savior and my Fount of Grace." Your grandfather sees now what we by faith look towards. God grant you comfort.

Marie N. said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing the hymn.

Meg L. said...

Jane, I'm sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man.

Anonymous said...

Jane, I'm sorry for our loss. Uncle Bob was a wonderful man. I'll cherish the memories of his vegetable garden, annual falily reunions, and hunting rabbits with Dad (Marvin) and him when I was a kid.

Dannye said...

Jane, I am so sorry for your loss, he really sounded like a wonderful man who really blessed your lives.

Anonymous said...

Just browsing the internet and am sorry to hear of your loss. Beerys always seem to be good people. I'm Galen Beery of southern California - on page 325 of Beery and Gerber's 1957 Beery Family History. I'm not sure how we are related...but we undoubtedly are. I have several copies of the Beery Family History and am keeping up the many descendants of Daniel Harvey Beery with my cousins in PA and OH.
Galen Beery - dgbeery@aol.com