Hiram H. Beaver


(Feb. 20, 2005)

Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Deaver Methodist Church for long-time Deaver resident Hiram H. Beaver, 91, who died Sunday, Feb. 20 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell after a short illness of cancer.

He was born Dec. 24, 1913, in Agee, Nebr., youngest of three children of Ernest M. and Juliette E. Beaver. In 1918, he moved with his family to Deaver.

He attended schools in Deaver and went on to the University of Wyoming where he met his first wife, Ruth E. Collins of Powell. They were married in October, 1933. They were blessed with two children, Ruth Marilyn and Gerald Hiram.

He began his life on the farm three miles west of Deaver in 1934 and continued to farm until 1970. After Ruth's death in 1971, he sold the farm and moved into Deaver. In 1972, he went to work for Great Western Sugar Co., retiring in 1979.

In March, 1978, he married Lucille Brooks of Lovell, a schoolmate for all 12 years in Deaver.

After their marriage, Hiram went to work for S.E., Inc. of Deaver. He and Lucille traveled on the job for a few years and then continued to work for S.E., Inc., doing odd jobs until 1999 when he developed some health problems and again retired.

Lucille and Hiram enjoyed many years of traveling with the Alpen Lite Travel Club and Good Sam. After Lucille began to need more care than he could give her at home, she moved to the assisted living in the New Horizons Care Center Assisted Living. In the fall of 2003, he decided it was time to sell the house and join Lucille at New Horizon Care Center.

He was active in area affairs, serving on the board of the Deaver Irrigation District, the School District No. 30 board, Deaver Town Council and served on the official board of the Deaver Methodist Church most of his adult life.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Lovell; his daughter, Marilyn (Gerald) Freitag of Billings, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Shirley A. Beaver of Loveland, Colo.; step-son Warren (Myra) Brooks of Eaton, Colo.; sister-in-law, Mrs. Eleanore Beaver of Cheyenne; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruth; his son, Gerald H. Beaver; and his brother and sister.

Burial will follow Saturday services. For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to the Deaver Methodist Church, c/o Molly Yates, Deaver, WY 82421, or to a charity of choice.