Kerry Lee Kilmer
Kerry Lee Kilmer, 61, of Willard, Colo., passed away unexpectedly July 2, 2013 at his home.
Born in 1951 on a farm and ranch, he grew up milking cows and growing wheat. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1969. He received a Certificate in IT in Kansas City, Kan., before being drafted into the U.S. Army in May of 1970. Kerry served in Vietnam, and was taught to be a killer and survivor. He was one of 16 men of 160 that returned to Hawaii in August of 1971 and always acknowledged that his mother “prayed him home.” He spent another year touring Europe “trying to forget Vietnam”. Upon returning home to the Willard, Stoneham, New Raymer Community, he farmed with his dad.
He proudly proclaimed that he married the Coach of Prairie HS Girls, Maggie Kilmer (McAllister), in 1976. He raised two kids — Matt Kilmer born in 1979 and Kim Torluemke (Kilmer) in 1982.
During Kerry’s lifetime he was a sports fan through and through to his kids and communities — never missing a high school sporting event of either of his kids and rarely a college one of Kim’s. He was a socialite and a homebody all in one. He was a tinkerer, fixer and repairman of anything and everything, and a farmer deep in his bones and soul. He often said he loved to watch the crops grow.
He was a proud Papa to his grandsons Owen and Eli Kilmer and Lawrence Torluemke. He was so proud that his son returned to the family farm and that his daughter graduated from the Colorado School of Mines and has a successful career. Family was extremely important to him.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Kilmer, mother-in-law Anna McAllister of Sterling, Colo., brother Kenny Kilmer of Owatonna Minn., son Matt Kilmer and wife Beth of Willard, Colo., daughter Kim Torluemke and husband Mark of Littleton, Colo., and grandchildren Owen and Eli Kilmer and Lawrence Torluemke. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Esther (2002) and Vernon (1999) Kilmer.
Services were held July 8, 2013 at the Berean Church in Sterling, Colo. Burial at the Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made in his honor to the New Raymer Lions Club and Chapel of the Plains Church. ❖
Preston George Beasley, 68, of Lewisville, Idaho, passed away June 30, 2013 at the Rexburg Nursing and Rehab in Rexburg, Idaho.
Preston was born April 23, 1945 at Blackfoot, Idaho a son to Milton George Beasley and Rita Adams Beasley. He was raised in Shelley, Blackfoot, Fort Hall and Pocatello.
He married Alvirena Jane Waters, July 31, 1965 in Casper, Wyo.
He worked for Golden Valley, Casper Concrete and West Way Express as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, arrowhead hunting and music, playing with the Montana Cattle Drive Band. He won the Wrangler Country Showdown Talent Contest. He was a member of the LDS Church.
He is survived by his wife Alvirena Beasley of Lewsiville, Idaho, a daughter Bridgette Celeste Shore of Cody, Wyo., sons; Preston George (Ethel “Bunny”) Beasley Jr. of Riverton, Wyo., and Wesley Alvin (Laurie) Beasley of Big Piney, Wyo., his mother Rita Beasley of Gillette, Wyo., a sister Robin (Lonnie) Shepperson of Gillette, Wyo., brothers: Clint Beasley of Meteetsee, Wyo., Bueford (Lyn) Beasley of Bellview, Wash., Justin Beasley of Story, Wyo., six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister Larae Richmond.
Services were held July 8, 2013 at the Lewisville 1st Ward LDS Chapel. Interment took place in the Lewisville Cemetery. ❖