James Delbert "JD" Beavers Sr. age 92, currently of Romeoville, died January 3,2013 at his home at Senior Star at Weber Place in Romeoville.
JD was born in Blasckwell, Oklahoma, on November 16, 1920, the son of Amos C. and Edna (nee Frymire) Beavers. At age 11, his family moved from Oklahoma to Lemont Il. JD graduated fromLemont 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 Anderson on May 22, 1943. JD served as a litter bearer in the European Conflict with the 28th Division. After WW 11, he returned to Lemont and purchased three acres of land on High Rd. 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 Angus cattle, raise various crops and work in his garden.
In addition to 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 of 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 four children, Jane (Philip) Johns of Whitewater Wi.,and James Jr. (Marilyn), Jeffry (Nina) and Jill Beavers all of Lockport. He is also survived by grandchildren Timothy (Monica) Johns of Naperville, Justin Beavers of Taylorville, Rachel (Ty Goodman) Johns of Seattle, Wa., Deirdre (Mark) Johns Anderson of Portland, Or., Ashley, Jeremy, and Jacob Beavers of Lockport and 4 great grandchildren, Joshua, Timothy and Megan of Naperville and Kira od Portland, Or. He will be missed by sister-in-law Marjorie Beavers and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Royce Kent Beavers and infant granddaughter, Molly Elizabeth.
Visitation Friday January 4, 2013 from 2-8 P.M. at the Gerharz-Cappetta Funeral Home 501 State St., Lemont. Funeral Services will be held Saturday 11 A.M. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Will lie in state from 10 A.M. till time of services. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Cemetery, Willow Springs. The family has aked to please omit flowers and instead send memorials in JD's name to St. Matthew Lutheran Church 305 Lemont St., Lemont 60439. Complimentary valet parking provided. Info 630-257-2123.