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Luverne Beavers
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Luverne Oliver Beavers, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 4.

He was born on June 2, 1922 in Hamlin County, Hazel, South Dakota and grew up on a crop farm between Hazel and Watertown, SD with his four sisters and one brother. His grandfather migrated to America from England and his grandmother from Switzerland. His family founded the town of Watertown, South Dakota in 1879.

He completed US Army Air Force Advanced Pilot School at DAAF, Douglas, AZ in 1944 from where he went on to train Air Force pilots and flew a B25 medium bomber. Officer Bevers married Irene Goetsch on April 1, 1944 in Tuscan, AZ, the only day that they could get married while he was in the service.

He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant and then moved to southern California in 1951 where he joined the CHP and became an officer on April 2, 1956.

Officer Bevers was a part of the in-service class VII on July 31, 1968, Company B. From southern California, he then moved to Willows in 1960 where he continued to be a CHP officer until his retirement on March 1, 1973 at the age of 50.

He and his family then finally settled in Escalon, where he enjoyed many years "pranking" his grandchildren and great grandchildren until his death.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Irene; one brother, one sister, six children, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Viewing was at Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon, on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Graveside funeral service is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Burwood Cemetery on River Road, Escalon.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Nov. 10, 2010