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Beier, Henry (1902-1941)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1941 Nov 12 p. 1

Birth date: 1902 Jul 27

text of obituary:


The Reedley, Calif., Exponent of Nov. 6 gives the following report of the recent accident there which resulted in the death of Henry Beier, who was killed instantly:

Henry Beier was instantly killed early Monday evening as he was guarding a truck and trailer on Reed Avenue near the Fred Davis home. The lights of the vehicle, which was half on the highway, blinded the driver of an oncoming car so he did not see the man until he struck him. The death car was driven by Feliz Icho of Woodlake.

The Cairns ambulance was called but Beier was pronounced dead on its arrival. His body was taken to the Cairns Funeral Home in Reedley. The accident was investigated by Constable Fred Goodner and Icho was not held, the accident being regarded as unavoidable.

Henry Beier was born in Russia on July 27, 1902. He had lived in Reedley for eleven years. He was a brother of Mrs. Henry Hiebert and there is a brother in Canada.

The funeral service was held this morning at 10 a.m. from the Mennonite Brethren church, Rev. D. C. Eitzen officiating. Interment was in Reedley cemetery.

Zionsbote obituary: 1941 Nov 19 p. 12

text of obituary:

Heinrich Peter Beier wurde geboren am 27. Juli 1902 in Rußland, wo er auch seine Jugendjahre verlebte. Er verlor frühe seine lieben Eltern, sowie einen Bruder und eine Schwester. Der Bruder starb im Jahre 1918, die Mutter im Jahre 1919, der Vater im Jahre 1922, und eine Schwester im Jahre 1923.

Nach dem Tode seiner lieben Eltern hatte er sein Heim fast ausschließlich bei seiner leiblichen Schwester und deren Familie, Mrs. [Agnes] H. H. Hiebert, wo er als einer zur Familie gehörend angesehen und geschätzt wurde.

Als die Zeiten im Auslande immer schwerer wurden und viele flüchteten, kam auch er im Jahre 1930 im März mit seinen Geschwistern Hiebert nach Amerika. Hier hat er durch Ausarbeiten, indem die Gelegenheiten dazu in diesem Lande meistens günstig sind, seinen Lebensunterhalt gefristet.

Er hatte eine milde und angenehme Natur, und seine Gegenwart war angenehm. Gerne würden wir von einer besonderen Erfahrung, die er mit dem Herrn gemacht, berichten, welches uns nicht vergönnt ist. Wir wissen aber und trösten uns damit, daß wir einen gerechten und gnädigen Gott im Himmel haben, der nur in dem Maß verlangen wird, nach dem er ausgeteilt hat.

Montag Abend um etwa 8 Uhr ereilte ihm der plötzliche Tod, indem er auf der Seite des Weges hinter einem beladenen Trailer stand, während die Kar zur Station gefahren war um Gas zu holen. Es kommt eine andrer Kar und fährt gegen den Trailer, ihn zwischen Kar und Trailer plötzlich tötend. Er ist alt geworden 39 Jahre, drei Monate und sieben Tage. Er hinterläßt seinen plötzlichen Tod zu betrauern seine leibliche Schwester, Mrs. H. H. Hiebert samt Familie, einen Bruder [Cornelius] in Kanada samt Familie und eine Schwester [Maria] in Rußland samt Familie, sowie viele Freunde, die ihn liebten und ihn vermissen werden.

Die trauernden Angehörigen.

Reedley, California.

English translation:

Heinrich Peter Beier was born on July 27, 1902 in Russia, where he also spent his youth. He lost his dear parents early, as well as a brother and a sister. The brother died in 1918, the mother in 1919, the father in 1922 and a sister in 1923.

After the death of his dear parents, he made his home almost exclusively with his natural sister and her family, Mrs. [Agnes] H. H. Hiebert, where he was regarded and treasured as one of the family.

When times abroad became more and more difficult and many fled, he also came to America with his Hiebert siblings in March 1930. Here he made a living with finishing work, as the opportunities for this in this country are usually favourable.

He had a mild and pleasant nature, and his presence was agreeable. We would have liked to report about a special experience he had with the Lord, which is not granted to us. But we know and take comfort in the fact that we have a just and gracious God in heaven, who will ask only in the measure according to which He has given.

Monday evening at about 8 o'clock sudden death befell him, standing on the side of the road behind a loaded trailer, while the car had gone to the station to get gas. Another car came and hit the trailer, killing him suddenly between the car and the trailer. He was 39 years, three months and seven days old. He leaves to mourn his sudden death his natural sister, Mrs. H. H. Hiebert and family; a brother [Cornelius] in Canada and family; a sister [Maria] in Russia and family; and many friends who loved him and will miss him.

The grieving relatives.

Reedley, California.

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