James Delbert "JD" Beavers Sr.

James Delbert Beavers Sr., known as "JD", age 92, currently of Romeoville, died on January 2, 2013 at his home at Senior Star at Webster Place in Romeoville. JD was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma on November 16, 1920, the son of Amos C. and Edna (Frymire) Beavers. At age 11, his family moved from Oklahoma to Lemont, IL. JD graduated from Lemont Township High School in 1938. He attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. JD was employed by Globe Oil Company but enlisted in the US Army in September, 1942. Before his military service took him to Europe, JD married his high school sweetheart, Norma Andersen on May 22, 1943. JD served as a litter bearer in the European Conflict with the 28th Division. After World War II, he returned to Lemont and purchased 3 acres of land on High Road in Lockport, IL where he built his home and lived with his wife and family until February, 2012. JD continued to work at Globe Oil Refinery (currently Citgo) as it became Pure Oil, Union 76 and finally Unocal. His hobby became gardening and farming. After 44 years of service he retired in 1985 and continued to raise Black Agnus cattle, raise various crops and work in his garden. Iin addition ot being an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lemont, JD served on the school board of Lockport's district #92 from 1964-1976. He was also a longtime member fo American Legion Post #243 in Lemont, the American Angus Association, and the Will County Farm Bureau. He was well-known for his homemade bread and caramel corn. JD is survived by his wife Norma and 4 children, Jane (Philip) Johns of Whitewater, WI, James Jr. (Marilyn), Jeffry (Nina) and Jill Beavers, all of Lockport. He is also survived by grandchildren, Timothy (Monica) Johns of Naperville, Just Beavers of Taylorville, Rachel Johns (Ty Goodman) of Seattle, WA, Deirdre Johns (Mark) Anderson of Portland, OR, Ashley, Jeremy and Jacob Beavers of Lockport and 4 great-grandchildren, Joshua, Timothy and Megan of Naperville and Kira of Portland, OR. He will be missed by sister-in-law Marjorie Beavers and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in deaty by his parents, his brother Royce Kent Beavers and infant granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth Beavers. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4. 2013 from 2-8pm at the Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home, 501 State St., Lemont. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Funeral services Saturday 11am at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Will lie in state from 10am till time of services. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery, Willow Springs. The family has asked to please omit flowers and instead send memorials in JD's name to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 305 Lemont St., Lemont 60439. Info Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home, (630) 257-2123.

Published in Lemont Reporter/Met on Jan. 3, 2013