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Johnny Beyer

1936 - 2018

Johannes Bruno Beyer, beloved husband of Fayetta “Faye” Beyer of Grassy Lake, passed away peacefully in Taber on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

 The Celebration of Johnny’s life was held at the Grassy Lake Community Hall, 210 Chapman Avenue South, Grassy Lake on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. 

 Johnny is survived, and will be greatly missed, by his loving wife of fifty eight years, Faye; daughter Valerie (Ken) and son Danny (Carla) and their families. He is also survived by his sisters Hannelore Spillmann and Inga Androkovich; brother Gunter (Pat) Beyer; brother-in-law Villett "Val" Boorse as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. 

 He was predeceased by his parents Erich and Minna Beyer; infant sister Anneliese Beyer; brothers Harry, Kurt, Karl-Heinz “Charlie” and Reinhard “Rein” Beyer; mother and father-in-law Pearl and Cyril Boorse; brothers-in-law Kurt Spillmann and Roy Androkovich; sisters-in-law Anna Marie Beyer and Sylvia Boorse.

 Johnny was born in Domnau, Bartenstein, East Prussia on December 26, 1936, the third son of Erich and Minna Beyer. His tight-knit family survived the horrors of WWII. After moving to Kochendorf, he was employed in an aluminum factory and enjoyed participating in acrobatic competitions. He immigrated to Canada with his parents and siblings, arriving in February 1955 in Halifax. They spent their first winter in Regina before continuing on to Coaldale where Johnny met and married the love of his life, Faye Boorse in 1960. They purchased their farm in Grassy Lake that year as well and raised their children, Valerie and Danny there. Johnny was actively involved in Beyer Hay and the farm operations until his passing. 

 Johnny had a passion for the land and farming. He appreciated all the goodness, love, laughter and friendships with which he was blessed. He journeyed through the unpredictability of cancer with incredible dignity, a strong resolve, and confidence in his faith. 

 If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Johnny’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Jack Ady Cancer Centre, 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2.

 Special thanks to Drs. Schieman, Imbulgoda, Smuts and Hughes, the staff of Unit Sixty One at the Foothills Hospital, the Jack Ady Cancer Centre and the Active Care Unit at the Taber and District Health Care Complex.