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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Hans J. Beyer
October 3, 1927 - June 4, 2019

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Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Cemetery - George Washington Memorial Park - 80 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 - 610-828-1417 - Map
Family Florist - Schmidt’s Florist - 700 Solly Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111 - 215-745-6234 - Map
Donation - Christian P. Beyer Memorial Fund, C/O Erwin Stielow - 1164 Glenn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19115 - 215-969-4166 - Map

Hans J. Beyer, formerly of North Hills, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Meadowview Nursing Home in Northfield, New Jersey. He was 91 years old. Hans was born October 3, 1927, the son of Kurt Beyer and Gertrud Beyer (nee - Essensohn). He is the beloved husband of the late Anita Beyer (nee - Gruetzmann); father of Hans Beyer and his wife Susan, Marianne Beich and her husband James, the late Karen Beyer, and the late Christian Beyer; grandfather of Jonathan Kappock (Nathalie Albino) and Courtney Kappock (Brian Bowles); great grandfather of Noah Kappock and Charlee Bowles.

Hans was born, raised, and educated in Berlin, the capital and largest city in Germany. He emigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1946 after World War II. He was inducted into the United States Army on October 10, 1950 and served in Korea until his honorable discharge from the service on July 9, 1952, after reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He continued in the Army Reserves for almost 30 years. During his working career Hans was employed as a tool and die maker, originally working for the Mack Company in Southampton, PA and then for the majority of his career with FBF, Inc., a metal fabricating company in Philadelphia. On Christmas Eve in 1950 Hans married Anita Gruetzmann at Tabor Lutheran Church in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. They lived at 7346 Palmetto Avenue in the city until moving to their home on Central Avenue in North Hills, where they resided for over 62 years. Hans and Anita were very active in the Germany community. Hans was a longtime member, officer, and Past Master of the Hermann-Humboldt Masonic Lodge, No. 125 F.& A.M. and was a member of the Vereinigung Erzgebirge in Warminster. He was one of the leaders in establishing the Steuben Day Parade, a German-American heritage observance in Philadelphia. Hans was also instrumental in helping to erect the Auswandererdenkmal, a bronze statue in the port city of Bremerhaven, Germany that depicts an emigrant family leaving for the New World. The statue was created and erected in 2005. For the last few years since his wife’s passing, Hans has lived with his daughter in Brigantine, New Jersey.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. and to his Masonic service at 10 A.M. at the Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. A graveside service followed with military honors rendered by a United States Army Honor Guard at approximately 11:15 A.M. at George Washington Memorial Park, 80 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Christian P. Beyer Memorial Fund, C/O Erwin Stielow, 1164 Glenn Street, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

Family flowers arranged by Schmidt’s Florist 215-745-6234.

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