"Jesus loves you" was the mantra of Frederick Peter Beierle, a true and faithful servant of God, who while sleeping, went from death to life November 21, 2014.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 25th at Messiah Lutheran Church in Prosser. Graveside services with Full Military Honors will follow at the Prosser Cemetery. If you would like to honor the memory of Fred, please consider contributing to the Lutheran Hour (LHM-GIFT@LHM.ORG) or The Institute for Creation Research (http://www.icr.org/). You may sign the online guestbook and leave a message of condolence for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com
Fred, the eldest of five children, was born in Deer Lodge, Montana to Fredrick and Maria (Graff) Beierle on February 27, 1931. When Fred was still young, the family moved to Sunnyside, WA where he worked in the fields to support the family, received his education, confirmed in the Lutheran church, and played football at Sunnyside High. One of his fondest memories in high school was being a starting player and winning the all-area Football Conference Championship. After Fred graduated high school in 1950 he joined the Coast Guard and served during the Korean War. He remained an avid football fan especially for the Seattle Seahawks but always went to church on Sunday before watching games.
In 1955, Fred married Vesta Louise Farrens. God blessed them with six children in six years. The family moved around the country for Fred's work usually settling in a small town with a Lutheran church nearby as Fred and Vesta knew the importance of raising their children in the love of Jesus.
An entrepreneur and scientist, Fred started successful businesses: Kenasco, B & B Equipment, Southwest Nuclear Company, and Southwest Environmental Company. He was a pioneer in the development of green energy with a gasification technology converting bio-waste into power. He travelled to India and built a unit to provide electricity to a village.
God revealed to him the truth of Creationism as Fred witnessed dinosaur and man tracks side-by-side in the dried Paluxy River bed in Texas. From then on Fred's testimony of God's creation in Genesis was unwavering and wrote a book titled, "Man, Dinosaurs, and History." Throughout his life, he continued to spread the truth of Creationism.
A visionary, Fred worked with the State of Washington to build the Prosser Safety Rest Area where he had to donate the land in order to secure the deal. Because of his financial sacrifice, Prosser now has many businesses and a flourishing tourism industry. For this accomplishment, Fred received "2009 Prosser Man of the Year" award.
Fred's dedication to the Lord was evident in his daily life. He served as church Elder, President of the Lutheran Laymen's League, active in Jubilee Ministries, Hispanic Ministries, The Lutheran Hour, speaker at Creation Science seminars and Bible study leader. Fred travelled to Russia and delivered Bibles to children in orphanages and to Ethiopia delivering Bibles and school supplies to children. He attended Concordia University Portland earning his Lay Ministry Certification. He served as a guest Pastor throughout the Northwest, baptized a grandson and four great-grandchildren.
After the death of Vesta, Fred met and married Jean Patricia (Patsy) Mann in 2001. They had 13 wonderful years travelling to places as far away as Tonga, weekly dancing, volunteering at charities, and attending church together every Sunday. At Christmas time, Fred was Santa Claus and Patsy was Mrs. Claus at several local establishments. He told each child, "Your parents love you, Santa loves you, and Jesus loves you." Recently, Fred and Patsy were honored as King and Queen of Charbonneau Retirement Community and rode in the Benton-Franklin County Parade.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Mary Beierle; sister, Mary Becker; brother, Lenard; sons, Bill and Les Beierle; and grandson, Buddy. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, children Jan (Doug) Cozens, Dennis (Diane) Beierle, Jenny Burrell, and Bev Beierle; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.