Mervin "Merv" Willis Beemer, 8/4/1932 - 1/10/2017 Morley, MI, age 84, passed away on January 10, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family in rural Morley, MI. After two and a half years with kidney failure, he decided to stop dialysis and went under Hospice Care at home for the last few days of his earthly life. Merv was born August 4, 1932 in Sylvester, MI to Foster and Iva (Seaton) Beemer, the fourth of seven children. Merv graduated from Morley High School in 1950. He was offered a basketball scholarship from Central Michigan College (University) but was not able to accept it due to lack of funds and his need to help on the family farm. He was drafted into the US Army in 1952. He served in the Korean War and credits the grace of God that he was not fatally wounded on 'Pork Chop Hill.' He rarely spoke of the horrific time he spent on the infamous Hill where he was one of a handful of men who survived that incident. He was given a Purple Heart for his efforts and was honorably discharged in 1954. He then spent six years in the Army Reserves when he was honorably discharged in 1960. He fell in love with Barbara Snyder, daughter of Frank and Ruth (Hansen) Snyder from Lakeview, MI, who he married on July 17, 1954. They were married 51 years when Barb succumbed to a brain tumor and passed away in 2006. Together they purchased a small farm in rural Morley where they raised their three children, Cheryl, Doug and Gordon. From the very beginning, Merv dedicated his children to the Lord and raised them by example in and outside the home by teaching them the Word of God and to pray continually. He was a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Church Board Deacon for many years. Merv loved to spend time with his family and going on family vacations in the summers. He worked various jobs while working his small 80 acre farm, raising milk cattle, sheep, chickens and pigs at various times. He loved gardening and growing fruit trees. In 1961 he went to work as a custodian at Morley Elementary. He worked there 28 years before retiring in 1989. While working at the school he became skilled at many things such as plumbing, carpentry and fixing and repairing many things. He used those skills to do a great deal of remodeling in his own home. Merv spent many years coaching Little League Baseball and Seventh Grade Basketball. He only gave up coaching to spend more time watching his own children and grandchildren participate in sports and other activities. He spent time as a High School Basketball Referee and Baseball Umpire. He also was a substitute bus driver for the school. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and he most enjoyed woodworking (especially in his retirement years and before a stroke in 2009). It gave him great joy in making things of wood for others. He loved doing all those activities with his children and grandchildren. After losing his first wife (Barbara), he was married for eight years to Joyce (Resler). They were married in 2008. Joyce has been a wonderful marriage partner and caregiver for Merv, especially in the last few years as he struggled with all of his medical issues. Merv is survived by his wife, Joyce; his children Cheryl (Jim) VanSyckle of Cedar Springs, Doug (Kathy) Beemer of Morley, Gordon (Dawn) Beemer of Rockford and step-children Jim (Jan) Higginson of Muskegon, Ronald (Ruth) Higginson of Fenwick, John Higginson of Mecosta and Becky (Doug) Canter of Niles as well as his grandchildren Chad (Angela) VanSyckle, Jamy (Susan) VanSyckle, Jeff (Jen) VanSyckle, Courtney (Kris) Wheaton, Brent (Alicia) Beemer, Jill (Kyle) Talicska, Derek Beemer and Nicole Beemer, as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving is one brother, Versal Beemer of Scottville; two sisters, Margie Schuitema of Cedar Springs, and Nelda (Doug) Carpenter of Potterville; sister-in-laws, Joyce Beemer of Morley and Judy (Cliff) Johnson of Howard City. Merv was preceded in death by his first wife Barbara, his parents, In-laws, brothers Basil, Duane and Lenny; sister-in-laws Myrna and Harriet and step-son Roger. Funeral Arrangements are being made by Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 14 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will greet friends at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Coral one hour prior to the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Mecosta County Commission on the Aging or the National Kidney Foundation.
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