MOUNT VERNON — John L. Beever, 64, of Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday evening, May 3, 2011, at Doctors Hospital in Columbus surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with declining health.
He was born Oct. 8, 1946, in Mount Vernon, son of the late Dean A. and Dorothy J. (Frye) Beever. John was a 1964 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. He was a member of the Ohio Masonic Lodge 199, Bladensburg, where he had served as master and was a member of the Scottish Rite. John was also a member of the Gambier Fishing Club and a former member of the Moose Lodge. John had worked for American National Can with 33 1/2 years of faithful service and he also had worked for LiquiBox and Carlisle Industries. John’s hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing golf. John was a Navy veteran, having served during Vietnam.
John is survived by his devoted wife, Linda (Lockhart) Beever, whom he married on Oct. 24, 1970; a daughter, Andrea (Howard) Thompson; a grandson, Zachary Thompson; a granddaughter, Jocelyn Thompson; his mother-in-law, Orbie Lockhart of Kodak, Tenn.; an aunt, Priscilla Beever of Rockville, Md.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Beever; father-in-law, Grover Lockhart; and an uncle, Joseph Beever.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jerry Bell officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. A Masonic service will be held following the visitation on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Ohio Masonic Lodge 199, P.O. Box 33, Bladensburg, OH 43005; or the Kidney Foundation, or the Diabetic Association, or the Heart Association. Private condolences may be expressed to the family at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of John L. Beever.