Duane Allen Beers

Born: Mon., Feb. 7, 1938
Died: Thu., Oct. 28, 2010

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Duane Allen Beers - a resident of the Upper Umatilla River, passed peacefully in his sleep at elk camp on October 28, 2010. He was 72 years old. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M. November 6, 2010 at the Athena-Weston Middle School in Weston, Oregon. You may sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Beers was born February 7, 1938 in Pendleton, Oregon, to Georgia and Freeman Beers. He lived in Ukiah, Oregon until he was 13 years old, at which time his family moved to Lewiston, Idaho. He later followed his family to Lewiston, however his heart always remained in Ukiah. He attended high school at Upper Columbian Academy and ultimately earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Walla Wall College. He went on to teach 6th grade at Silver Star Elementary in Vancouver, Washington, a vocation he loved dearly. Economic realities forced his departure from the education field and he moved on to spend many years in the logging and construction industries, including work on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. In later years Mr. Beers returned to education as a bus driver, transportation supervisor and school board member for the Athena-Weston school district. Mr. Beers was a veteran, a horseman and a man of nature. He loved to hunt and fish with his family. His spare time found him on the golf course and playing cards with friends. He is survived by his wife, of 47 years Bo, his three sons: Kyle, Kevin and Chad, daughters-in-law: Myra and Sonoko, grandchildren: Tyler and Tasha, and step-grandchildren: Brittney, Brin and Ashley.

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Penny Walker
   Posted Mon November 01, 2010
Kyle and family, I am sorry for your loss. nothing can be said right now to ease your pain and sorrow, but at least he passed in a good place, at your elk camp. GOD Bless to all of you.

shirley eatwell
   Posted Mon November 01, 2010
Kevin and Family, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.He is now with our Lord and looking down on you with no pain and watching over all of you. Be strong for one another. I know what you are going through. It's hard but look upon our Lord for the strength. Again sorry and our prayers are with you all. Kevin, I don't know if you remember me, but you use to come in the Video Store.

Nicole Reed
   Posted Tue November 02, 2010
Duane is a fond memory of my childhood spent on the Umatilla River. He cared for and loved both my sister and I all through our Athena/Weston school years. These memories will be held dear by many.

Cheryl Dunham
   Posted Wed November 03, 2010
I knew Duane several years ago when my husband and I lived in Athena. I worked at Fred's Market. I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was always cheery and had a great smile. Even though we moved away from Athena about 11 years ago, I have never forgotten him. My prayers are with you. Keep him always in your memory.

Shelly Dabulskis
   Posted Wed November 03, 2010
Thinking of you all.

Dori Frison
   Posted Wed November 03, 2010
To the Family of Duane Beers, My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. Duane was such an awesome person and we shared lots of jokes and laughs during his bus driving career. He loved a good joke and he always found time to share a new one with me. Duane found humor in everyday things,there was always a twinkle in his eyes. Elk camp seems like a good place to be...if it's time to go. Duane will be missed by many. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Dori

Barb Seeger
   Posted Thu November 04, 2010
Condolances to you and your family. I pray that you are comforted by the strength and compassion of each other to help get through your loss. Barb Seeger worked at Bar M

De ra Ryan
   Posted Thu November 04, 2010
Sorry for your loss. Duane was a great part of the community for many years. I am sure he will be missed. God Bless your family in this time. Dick & Debbie Ryan

Rob McIntyre
   Posted Thu November 04, 2010
Blessings upon this good man's family. His contribution to our school and community will be sorely missed. With gratitude, Rob, Elizabeth, Hannah and Alex McIntyre

Sky McBean
   Posted Thu November 04, 2010
Bo and Family May the creator give you the strength to make it through this journey of loss. Duane was an amazing man who I have very fond memories of for most of my years and they are treasured. The river will not be the same with out him. Love Sky McBean

Carolyn & Fred Thomas
   Posted Thu November 04, 2010
Bo and Family: We are sorry to hear of your loss. Peace be with you.

Cheryl Lewis
   Posted Fri November 05, 2010
Im very sorry to hear the news that you have passed on, you were a wonderful man, and you always had a smile on your face, if you hadnt taught me the many lessons about snow, I would probably be lost, thanks, you will be missed.

Tony & Debi Castor
   Posted Fri November 05, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about Duane. He was a wonderful person, a great neighbor and the best bus driver for our granddaughter. He will be truely missed. Please let us know if we can help in any way. May God be with you. Tony & Debi

Elaine and Dave Hagan
   Posted Fri November 05, 2010
Duane was my big brother, and one fine man. We shared so many precious times like the time I was in New York for a special summer program. Duane came all the way from Fort Dix to the Bronx, NY, to attend a special banquet with me--then a shy 13-year-old blind girl. How proud do you think I was of my soldier boy and big brother being there. Then in 1972 we shared getting our diplomas together at Walla Walla College with a proud family supporting us with a reunion there. So many more weddings, visits, and knowing we were there for each other though far apart. This is not goodbye, just "until later, our Duane." Dave and I love you always.

Elaine & Dave Hagan
   Posted Fri November 05, 2010
We are going to miss Duane, and have a wonderful memory of a dinner we shared the last time we were in Eastern Washington a few years ago. Also, I Dave remember that Duane took the time at our wedding to introduce me to ALL of Elaine's family. I looks like Elaine already wrote something, but I wanted to add my own thoughts and feelings. Best wishes to you Bo, and to all the family.

Etta Mae White
   Posted Fri November 05, 2010
Dear Bo, I was saddened to get the email from Elaine that Duane had psssed on - how wonderful that he could be doing what he loved to do right up to the end. Even though I haven't kept in touch I have thought of you and Duane, often. Duane was such a pleasant person to be around - witty and warm. I regret that I won't be able to attend the memorial but I will be there in spirit. Wishing you great strength dealing with these tough times, Bo. May you draw comfort from the memories of your many years together. Much Love, Etta Mae

Judy Ann Beers
   Posted Sat November 06, 2010
How I will miss my big brother. When I was little I thought I was a boy like my buddy, Duane. I even got to wear his hand-me-down-overalls. We teased each other, but I always knew he was there for me; like the time I was lost in a blizzard at 50 below, and he saved my life. I rodeoed with him, visited whenever I could, and knew no one would get bullied when he was around, especially me and my little sister. Now that our big brothers are both gone, the world is not the same. All our family grieve with Bo, Kyle, Kevin, Chad, and families. Love is like a rose, and spring must come again.

Brandi Livingston
   Posted Sat November 06, 2010
The loss of this wonderful loving man, has left the world a little darker. I want to share a few special things I cherished about my Unc. I know we all have our special stories & times we spent with Uncle Duane. For me it is all the times he would catch the horses so Lori & I could ride, it's him saying hey Bran go look under the shed & finding a litter of puppies & he let me take my pick. It was me geting that puppy just because it was from my Unc. It's taking a little girl on the afternoon hunt. It's talking about the ways of adult love with a broken hearted teenager. It's letting a collage student away from home for the 1st time live with you. It's teaching me how to roof a cabin. It's the trip to Olive Lake just us! It's bringing my new born son to meet you. It's you being the only man at my son's baby shower & telling me the most important thing is LOVE! My life is fuller because you where in it. Love Brandi

Darlene Bannister
   Posted Sat November 06, 2010
Bo, Kyle, Kevin, Chad and family ... I was saddened to hear that Duane had passed away. Today, may family and friends bring you comfort and peace; and tomorrow, let time bring you wonderful memories and laughter. He will always be remembered as a man who added in so many ways to the A-W schools ... parent, co-worker, board member, volunteer, athletic booster, and most of all, friend. God Bless,

Louis Bonifer
   Posted Sun November 07, 2010
To the Beers Family, I was saddened to hear of Duane's death. I was unable to attend the memorial, but was there in thought and spirit. I have many happy memories of Duane. He was my friend and mentor. I have two young boys and wish Duane could have met them. I would have loved to have them meet the person who helped me become the man that I am today. The Beers Family will always have a special place in my heart. Louis

jackie Campbell
   Posted Mon August 26, 2013
I am so sorry to bother you if this is not the right person, however, I have no other way of contacting you. I believe that Duane was the biological father of my husband, now called Ron Campbell. His name before the adoption from the Campbell's was Robert Niel Beers. He was born on November 17,1961. His mother was Ann Beers. If you have any information in regards to this Bo or his family, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
I am sorry for your loss. Ron, my husband, believes that he has 3 brothers. We are seventh day adventist and so much want to find out Ron's childhood and heritage.
Thank you for your consideration,
Jackie Campbell 909 268-2663. We are in California

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