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Rev. Birt Adriance Beers
(February 7, 1931 - May 27, 2012)

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Rev. Birt Adriance Beers

Rev. Birt Adriance Beers, age 81, of Grand Haven passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at a local nursing home. He was born to the late Alva and Ruth (Adriance) Beers on February 7, 1931 in Coshocton, OH. Birt married the former Helen Partridge on September 6, 1958 in Redondo Beach, CA. He was a loving husband, affectionate father and father-in-law, and proud grandfather of Turner and Troy. Birt longed for the blue waters of Lake Louise, and the lovely little cabin that he and Helen shared every summer for 53 years. When the spring weather turned warm, they enjoyed watching the beautiful sunsets from their boat, Helena. His favorite times were when he saw the sun shining on the water, heard the snap of the sails on the rigging, and when he ate blueberry sundaes at Whippy Dip during the summer. He was always kind and was very loved by the church parishioners he served for 58 years in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church including churches in Montague and Muskegon Crestwood. He baptized hundreds of babies, married many happy couples, counseled and shepherded his congregations compassionately, and gave many last benedictions for loved ones who passed away before him. Birt was actively involved in the civic groups in the communities where he served. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; two daughters: Lori (Steve) Gillespie of Downington, PA, and Sara (Jon) Parlow of Toronto, Ontario; two grandchildren, Turner and Troy Gillespie; sister, Maxine Gebbie of San Marino, CA; brother, Rev. Alva (Diane) Beers Jr. of Nicholasville, KY; and many extended family, friends, and loved ones. The Funeral Service for Rev. Birt A. Beers will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012 at United Methodist Church of the Dunes with Rev. Dan Duncan officiating. Family will greet friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial Contributions may be given to Lake Louise United Methodist Camp for Youth Scholarships. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Rev. Birt A. Beer’s guestbook or share a memory with his family. Arrangements by Klaassen Family Funeral Home.

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