Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 24, 2013

Reavis Beer


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Reavis Beer, 100, of Centerville, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center's Long Term Care in Centerville.

She was born the daughter of Wayne and Charolette (Evans) Montgomery on the blistery day of March 23, 1912 near Genoa. She graduated from the Seymour Community Schools in 1931.

On May 23, 1931, Reavis was united in marriage to Joe Ansel Beer in Centerville. They first made their home near Jerome where Joe farmed. She loved to cook and sew, and was asked to drive the tractor from time to time. They were both active in the Jerome United Methodist Church and were 4-H leaders for boys and girls clubs. In 1972, Reavis took a change of pace and opened a Merle Norman cosmetics store in Centerville. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Centerville.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Joe Beer on June 10, 1996; sister, Jenny Montgomery; brothers, Lyndol and Yule Montgomery; son-in-law, Robert Kauzlarich; and granddaughter-in-law, Linda Kauzlarich.

Reavis is survived by:  her daughter, Judy Kauzlarich of Centerville; a son, Jim Beer and his wife, Beverly of Menlo Park, Calif.; grandchildren, John Beer and his wife, Suzie, Marty Kauzlarich, Rebecca Clay and Kristy Demry and her husband, Tom; great-grandchildren, Megan Beer, Nicki Salisbury and her husband, Scott, B.J. Kauzlarich and his wife, Katie Jo, Jesse Clay and Jessica Demry; and one great-great-granddaughter, Ava Salisbury.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Kay Singley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 2-6 p.m. with the family present from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.