SIKESTON -- Gordon M. Beaver, 72, died at 11:10 p.m. June 28, 2005, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Born May 8, 1933, in St. Joseph, son of the late Leroy C. and Julia Waite Beaver, he had been a member of the Army National Guard and received a degree in music arts at Central Methodist University in Fayette in 1955 and a master's degree in music education from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston where he directed the church choir for over 25 years. He directed and helped form the Sikeston High School Concert Choir, taught music at the Sikeston Junior and Senior High Schools for 30 years, and took high school choir students from Southeast Missouri to Europe during the summers for three years. He also gave piano lessons and directed the Sikeston Community Choir for 20 years and played for the Sikeston Little Theatre musical productions for many years.
On June 8, 1956, at Webster Groves, he married Mary J. Wood who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Mike Beaver of Arizona and Gary Beaver of Florida; and one grandson, Alan Beaver of Florida.
One sister, Mary Stevens, preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Norton, director of senior adult ministry at First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Pallbearers will be: Scott Kiesling, Dale Frame, Dennis Bohannon, Harry Howard, Richard Ginder and Louis Watkins.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation
1227 Fern Ridge Parkway Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63141-9934
First United Methodist Church Music Program
P.O. Box 682
Sikeston, MO 63801