Velma and Fred Beavon

Featured in: September/October 2021

BEAVON — Fred and Velma; Fred died June 21, 2020. Velma died Nov. 13, 2020. They are survived by: son, Eric; two daughter-in-laws; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Fred Beavon, 1924–2020

Velma Beavon, 1927–2020

Fred and Velma Beavon began their lifelong romance while attending Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University). Fred looked out his dorm window and saw Velma walking across campus. He turned to his roommate and said, “I’m going to marry that girl.” They were married Aug. 24, 1947.

Fred and Velma adored their three sons Eric, Fred and Ted and were devoted to their extended family, many friends and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They were passionate about serving Jesus. They ministered to others by pastoring churches, working with youth and helping people plan trusts and wills. Velma loved working with students at Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Montana, where she served as food service director.

In retirement, they enjoyed volunteering with Maranatha and other mission projects. As they traveled the world, they made their home base on the shore of Montana’s Flathead Lake.

Fred was born to missionary parents in Africa. Velma was born in Minnesota and later moved with her family to a farm in Wisconsin where she grew up.

Fred died on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020. Velma went to her rest Nov. 13, 2020.

They are survived by their son Eric, two daughter-in-laws, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.