Information for Willard L. "Bill"
2 July, 1908 - 3 February, 1984
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Williard L. "Bill" Beers, 75, 367 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, who
died Friday, Feb. 3, at a Nampa nursing home, will be
conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel,
The Rev. Kenneth B. Britt, pastor of the Nampa First
Christian Church, will officiate. Private family
interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
He was born July 2, 1908, at Big Creek, Pa., to Josiah and
Sarah Beers. He was reared and educated in the Big
Creek. After his schooling he worked for Bethlehem Steel
for awhile and then a textile factory and was also on the
local police force for several years. He later entered
the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines. He was
honorably discharged and returned to Pennsylvania.
He then moved to Melba where he worked for a short time and
later to Nampa where he was employed with Lindsay and Son.
He went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in Nampa and
worked in the Roundhouse, servicing the engines. He was
one of the last mechanics to work on the old steam engines.
He then retired from the railroad and had made his home in
He was a member of the Nampa First Christian Church, the
Canyon County Sheriff Deputies Auxiliary, the International
Brotherhood of Railroad Fireman and Oilers Local 1032 and had
been a member of the Whistling Wheels Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by one son, Larry L. Beers, Nampa; one
daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Swainston, Caldwell; one sister, Mrs.
Grace Kesler, Malmont; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and
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