|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1934|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2012|
Valentine Franklin Matthew Beyrle, long-time resident of Ransom Kansas, auto-mechanic, and friend passed away, March 25, 2012 at his home. Val Beyrle was born in Andale, Kansas on October 16, 1934 to John J. Beyrle and Gertrude A. (Giefer) Beyrle. In 1942 his family moved to Ransom, Kansas after purchasing a farm. During his childhood he would cross the hill to the east to attend the Cottage School. When it closed because there were only three students left attending, he finished out his schooling at Brownell and graduated in 1952 from Brownell High School.
His father started the family mechanic business, and while John worked in the shop, Val and his mother worked on the farm. After his father died in 1971, Val worked as a mechanic during the day and on the farm during the night. He was a busy mechanic his entire life.
In 1949 the Ransom Community was in need of a Santa Clause. Val stepped in and has volunteered as Santa ever since. He was the town Santa for the local celebration, and he also made house calls for most anyone who would ask him to stop by their family celebrations. Val also answered many letters addressed to the North Pole throughout his years. He kept those letters and shared them many times with his friends.
In 1949 Val also started fighting fires in Ness County. Sometimes the fires would stretch from Ransom to McCracken and Val recalled how they would use five gallon buckets of water and gunny sacks. Seeing the need for a fire department closer to his home he purchased an old city fire truck from Ransom and started the Osgood Fire Department as a branch of the Ransom Fire Department. Val continued with the Ransom Fire Department after he moved to Ransom and retired from his volunteer position in 2009.
The Beyrle home was also well-known for the barn dances that they held on the farm. Many Ness County residents held their wedding dances out at the farm and the Beyrles also held other events during the winter and summer. Val said it was a way for them to earn an extra couple of nickles.
In his older years, after his mother passed away, Val sold the family farm and moved into Ransom. He kept busy during the summer by mowing laws for anybody and everybody and never asked to be paid, working on tractors and mowers, and spending time with his friends. Val was well-known for his antique convertibles that he drove in many parades and for the Ransom Homecomings since about 1975. His Chevelle convertible and his 1955 Chevrolet were two of his proudest possessions. He will always be a Chevy man.
Val was a great friend and will be missed by many. He will forever be known as a prankster, a collector, a reliable friend and Santa. Services will be on Thursday, March 29th at 11:00 graveside at the Ransom Cemetery followed by a dinner at the Ransom VFW. Memorials may be sent in honor of Val Beyrle to the Ransom Fire Department or the Ransom VFW.
John Joseph Beyrle (1911 - 1972)
Gertrude Agnes Giefer Beyrle (1915 - 1992)
Created by: delkan
Record added: Mar 26, 2012
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