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Rev. Hershel 'Lee' Beavers

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LINCOLN -- The Rev. Hershel "Lee" Beavers, 69, of Lincoln died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at 1:08 p.m. at the VA Medical Center in Danville.

A celebration of life service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Dan Wissmann officiating. Visitation will be immediately after the service.

Burial, with military rites, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Union Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

He was retired as a switchman for General Telephone Co. He also worked for Bruns Security for eight years and was a bus driver for First Student.

He was a P.E. instructor and infantry demolition expert in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. As a Baptist minister, he also conducted services during combat.

He was born Aug. 16, 1936, in Flippin, Ark., to Joe Edgar and Bertha Baker Beavers. He married Marilyn J. Boughan on Aug. 6, 1966, in Lincoln.

He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; two daughters, Cynthia (and Mike) Hayes of Lincoln and Joyce Elaine (and John) Butt of Normal; three brothers, Harold Beavers of Carter Lake, Iowa, Don (and Brenda) Beavers of Greenbrier, Ark., and Howard Beavers of Vry, Ala.; one sister, Betty Stone of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lincoln, Eagles Lodge 2708, Lions Club, Civil War Teachers Unit 33 and Deer Creek Bowhunters.

Memorials may be made to the Sunday school at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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