Ronald Charles Beyers
Ronald Charles Beyers, beloved Father and Poppy to his family, peacefully passed away in Kodiak, Alaska on Dec. 31, 2019.
Ron, as he preferred, was born Aug. 23, 1947 in the small farming town of Pana, Illinois to Lyle and Irene Beyers. He grew up helping at the family and neighboring farms. With a wanderlust he experienced his entire life, his first big adventure was when he pedaled his bike across state lines to simply “go somewhere and do something exciting.” That same wanderlust was fulfilled when he decided to enlist in the Air Force in the summer of 1966. During his time in the Air Force he explored and fell in love with Japan, Tai Chi, and philosophy, a love and fascination which would last throughout his life.
Ron’s career was founded on the experiences and training he received during the Vietnam War. He would often recount a story of being at the top of a mountain working on communication towers and tell about the beauty of watching the sunrise from above the cloudline. With a background in communications, Ron returned to the U.S. and found his way to Florida working for a telecommunications company. From there he enjoyed a career working in the aerospace industry at one point working alongside astronauts in Florida and Colorado. Ron moved to California and switched his career from aerospace to the field of signal compression for digital television. He was an expert in his field being able to understand the analog conversion to digital. However what he enjoyed most was mentoring others new to the field. He would often remark what an incredible e-ticket ride his life had been for a boy working on a farm in Illinois to knowing that some of his work was on a satellite somewhere out in the solar system.
In his retirement, Ron enjoyed learning and teaching many forms of Tai Chi, playing with his grandchildren Alden and Sophia Haffeman, and encouraging his only child, Melissa Haffeman, to pursue her dreams. It is without question that he loved his family, and was loved by them. He will be so dearly missed.
Ron was preceded in death by his brother Jerry “Bucky” Beyers, and his sister Barbara Jean Beyers.
He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Haffeman, son-in-law Mike Haffeman; grandchildren, Alden and Sophia Haffeman of Kodiak, Alaska; and sister Debra Chrisman of Orlando, Florida.
A private service will be held for close family in Kodiak, Alaska. A mass will be said in his honor on April 25, 2020 at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Santee, California where he attended for many years. Donations, in his name, may be sent to Best Friends Animal Society, a place where he volunteered his time, and cared deeply about their cause.