Gerald Beer

May 10, 1935 - March 25, 2012
Gerald Beer

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Gerald V. Beer, 76, formerly of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away suddenly on Sunday evening, March 25, 2012. Born on May 10, 1935, in Cissna Park, Illinois, to Florence and William Beer. Having spent his entire career as an executive in the rural electrification program, he started as an Assistant General Manager with Eastern Illinois Electric Cooperative in Paxton, Illinois in 1965. From there, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Corn Electric Cooperative in Bloomington, Illinois in 1967. In 1979, he began his career with The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, in Washington, D.C., from which he retired as an Executive Vice President in 1998.

Jerry was a devoted husband to his beloved wife of 33 years, Jane, a caring father to his son Michael, and a doting grandfather to his two granddaughters, Katie and Kara. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, and is survived by his two brothers, Ron Beer, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Joe Beer of Phoenix, Arizona, and his two sisters, Betty Wilson, of Champaign, Illinois, and Sonia Zbinden, of Morton, Illinois. He was also survived by his half-brother, Scott Beer and his half-sister Shally Stickles, who both also reside in Illinois.

Among his most prized accomplishments were the cherished friendships he made along the way. Jerry never met a stranger and always had something good to say. He was a devoted servant to his community, as well, donating liberally of his time and talents to the Kiwanis Clubs in both Bloomington, Illinois and Williamsburg, Virginia.

Memorial services will be held at the Crosswalk Chapel, in Williamsburg, on Monday, April 2, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation, P.O. Box 1265, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187.


Monday, April 2, 2012
12:00 AM

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7575 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA

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  • March 29, 2012
    Carol & Don Proctor says:
    Jane & other family members, we send our heartfelt condolences over your loss of Gerry. Don and I have a lot of fond memories of being friends of both of you and know how much he will be missed. We now live in Dallas, TX and miss all of our friends in Virginia.

  • March 29, 2012
    Sheridan(Dan)Beard/Corn Belt Energy says:
    With deepest regrets on your loss. The short time we worked together, he was a great man! I am glad we got in touch with him in Virginia about 18 years ago. Since then I have lost touch. Sure would like to hear from Mike on his where abouts and status. Until them, May God Bless!!

  • March 30, 2012
    Keith Erickson says:
    To Mike, Jane and Family. I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jerry was such a wonderful person. While in Bloomington, he hired me out of college and later promoted me to Manager of Engineering at Corn Belt Electric where I am soon going to be retiring. I will always remember him and his time given to Corn Belt and the REA/CFC program. May peace be with you all and God bless. Keith Erickson

  • March 29, 2012
    Ron Stack says:
    To Jane, Mike and all other family members. We are sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great human being who touched so many with his PMA. He gave so much to CBEC in Blomington the REA/CFC program. Peace be with all of you Kathy and Ron Stack Bloomington, Ill

  • March 29, 2012
    Tim and Ruth Keith says:
    To Jane, Mike and all family members. Ruth and I were so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jerry. Mike, it has been several years since I last saw your dad, but I can tell you that I see him every time you and I get truly are your father's son! I wonder if he now knows you never did take back that phone to GTE when he moved many years ago!! Jane, please know you have, and will continue to be, in our prayers. Mike, you know we love you brother!