James E. Beers


James E. Beers was born on Dec. 21, 1926, in Greeley, Colo., to Lester W. and Joanna (Peterson) Beers.

Jim was raised in a small community north of Greeley, called Island Grove Park. While there, he rode horses and ponies, which were boarded in the Island Grove Park horse barns.e went to school in Greeley, attending Washington and Central grade schools, Meeker Junior High School and graduating from Greeley High School in 1945.

Nine days after graduating from high school, Jim joined the US Army. He was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan., in the Horse Calvary, and after basic training he was sent overseas to Europe.fter receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Jim enrolled in the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley.

After graduating from college, Jim took a teaching job at Mead High School in Mead, Colo., and was also a coach there.im moved to Craig in 1955 and taught Colorado history for four years at the junior high school and coached football, basketball and track.

After moving to Craig, Jim met Inez Bertoldi Travers and on Dec. 23, 1957, they were married in Greeley and returned to Craig to make their home.

Jim and Inez bought Midway Distributing Company and sold various brands of beer, including Budweiser, Schlitz, Miller High Life and other brands.Jim also served as the manager of the Elks Club in Craig for four years.

Jim was an avid golfer and loved to play golf at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, and in earlier years enjoyed skiing, fishing and hunting.He was a member of the Yampa Valley Golf Association and served as secretary treasurer for many years. In recent years Jim and Inez have spent the winters in the Phoenix area, where he was able to enjoy his golf year-round.

Jim died on Dec. 17, 2006, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness.He was 79.

Jim is survived by his wife, Inez Beers, of Craig, and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 22, 2006, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father Jose Saenz officiating. Celeste Sanchez was the soloist and was accompanied on the organ by Elaine DeuPree, as she sang"Eye Has Not Seen" and "You Are Mine."nterment followed in the Craig Cemetery.

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