Veteran of the Month Ralph Beyer

Vet Ralph Edward Beyer 6-2018

The Veteran of the Month for June is Ralph Edward Beyer.


Born November 16, 1931, to parents August and Marie Darga Beyer in Detroit, Michigan.

Beyer attended and graduated from St. Stanislaus High School on June 12, 1949.

He worked at Burroughs Machine Company as a Screw Machine Operator, and attended night school to obtain his degree at the University of Detroit.

On 25 February, 1952, Beyer was inducted into the Military, and after completion of Basic Training, was assigned to Medical Company, 169th Infantry, 43rd Division, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

While stationed in Germany, he attended Medical Soldiers Training Course, and graduated in March, 1953.

On 6 February, 1954, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Beyer was released from Active Military Service, and given an Honorable Discharge.

He received the Germany Occupation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

After completion of his Military Service, Beyer returned to the University of Detroit College of Commerce and Finance, where he graduated with his college degree.

He worked for Chrysler, and later General Dynamics.

In 1987, he took an early retirement from General Dynamics and became a Manufacturers Representative.

On December 30, 1983 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Beyer married Bernadette Hughes, and enjoyed 34 years of marriage.

In 2002, Beyer retired and permanently moved to Northern Michigan, where he and Bernie enjoyed entertaining family and friends that visited the beautiful North Country.

They also traveled to various parts of the United States, and Europe, and participated in family celebrations and enjoyed dining on German foods, perhaps from his serving in Germany.

On October 24, 2017, Ralph Edward Beyer answered the final call and is being honored by his wife Bernie, and family.

To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m.

The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, at 6:15 p.m.