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Spec Paul Anthony Beyer

  • Birth 8 Mar 1985 Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 23 Jun 2006 Baghdad, Iraq
  • Burial Sebeka, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 40878558

Grand Forks Herald Jul 6, 2006

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Paul Beyer was known to give the candy he received from home to Iraqi children, often sticking around to make sure bullies didn't steal it.

Friends, family members and fellow soldiers say such generosity was typical of the 21-year-old Army specialist, who died June 23 after a bomb went off near his Humvee while he was on duty near Baghdad.

"He was good-hearted, good-humored and good-natured," Gov. John Hoeven said Monday during Beyer's funeral in St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Beyer, a 2003 graduate of Jamestown High School, was deployed to Iraq in October 2005. The Rev. Kenrad Pederson said Beyer showed his "dedication, commitment and service" when he enlisted in the Army.

"Paul knew the risk he was taking," Pederson said. "He knew this indeed was a possibility."

His sister-in-law, Sherry Fieber-Beyer, delivered a eulogy after collecting stories about Beyer from family, friends and military members. Fellow soldiers considered Beyer "the rock of the platoon," she said.

"Because of you," Fieber-Beyer said, fighting back tears, "I can rest peacefully at night."

Beyer, who was born in St. Paul, moved to Jamestown with his parents when he was 4 years old. He and his wife, Calli, had been married less than a year and a half.

Fieber-Beyer joked about the night Beyer became engaged and broke out a box of cigars, at the risk of upsetting his mother.

"I only get married once, so you can't get mad," Fieber-Beyer recalled her brother-in-law saying.

The last song at Monday's service was called "Last Lullaby," written by Calli Beyer, who leaned on her father-in-law for strength at the close of the service.

Life of the party

Friends and family members said Beyer enjoyed camping and fishing, rock music, movies, jokes and hanging out with his friends. Many of his high school friends attended his funeral.

Fieber-Beyer talked about the excitement Beyer showed for her wedding to Beyer's brother, Daniel. Beyer was the life of the party at the reception, she said.

"You were John Travolta, dancing all night long," Fieber-Beyer said.

Beyer is the third former Jamestown resident reported killed in Iraq. North Dakota National Guard Spc. Philip Brown, 21, died in May 2004 after being wounded by an explosive while on foot patrol. Ronald Schulz, a 1983 Jamestown High School graduate, was taken hostage by insurgents in November 2004 while doing business in Iraq. His body has not been recovered.

"Paul belongs to this family, Paul belongs to this community, and Paul belongs to this nation," Pederson said.

Members of the motorcycle group the Patriot Guard Riders, formed to honor soldiers killed in action, lined a street near the church before Monday's funeral. They shielded mourners from the protesters of a Kansas church who claim the deaths in the Iraq are God's way of getting even for the country's tolerance of homosexuals.

"We're here to try and show Paul the honor and respect that he and his family deserve," said Randy Lindborg, of Dickinson, N.D., a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

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MN Birth Index:
Name: Paul Anthony Beyer
Birth Date: 8 Mar 1985
Birth County: Ramsey
Birth State: Minnesota
Father: Scott Leroy Beyer
Mother: Jillene Elna Seibert
File Number: 1985-MN-012009

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U.S, Casualties From Iraq Oct 2001-Mar 2009
Name: Paul Anthony Beyer
Rank: Specialist
Service: Army
Pay Grade: E03
Occupation Code: 11B
Occupation: Infantryman
Unit: COMPANY C, 2D BATTALION, 502D INFANTRY, 2D BCT, (4 ID), FORT CAMPBELL, KY
Incident Date: 23 Jun 2006
Incident Place: Iraq
Death Date: 23 Jun 2006
Death Place: Baghdad, Iraq
Cause of Death: Hostile
Age: 21
Est. Birth Year: abt 1985
Gender: Male
Race: White
Home Town: Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota, United States
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom


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  • Maintained by: Jim Childers
  • Originally Created by: Doc Smith
  • Added: 19 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40878558
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Spec Paul Anthony Beyer (8 Mar 1985–23 Jun 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40878558, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Sebeka, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Jim Childers (contributor 47455615) .