January 15, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 15, 2016
- 7:00 PM
January 16, 2016
- 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior
Edgar “Ed” Beyer Jr., 77, of Hillsboro, ND was called home to his Savior on January 10, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center, with his loving daughters and son-in-laws by his side.
He was born in Appleton, MN on October 9, 1938, to Amanda and Edgar Beyer, Sr. He moved to Elbow Lake, MN in 1944 where he graduated from high school. Ed attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he earned his BA degree, graduating in 1960. Ed was the starting 2nd baseman for the Concordia baseball team for four years, and was team captain his Senior year. He married Elaine Koch on June 6, 1958 and they shared a truly special love story.
Ed and Elaine moved to Hillsboro in the fall of 1960 and they were blessed with daughters, Tammy and Deb. Ed taught the Vocational Office Education classes for 37 years. Ed coached football for 15 seasons. He coached Hillsboro to the 1962 State Legion Baseball Championship. He coached the Burros baseball team for eight seasons winning the State Class B Baseball Championships in 1967 and 1968. Ed served as track coach for seven seasons and served as Athletic Director for 21 years. Ed was the director of the Hillsboro Summer Recreation programs for 26 years. Ed coached the Burro boy’s basketball program for 37 years, during which time they were the most successful boy’s basketball program in the state with a record of 688-195. The Burros won 79% of their games and Ed retired as the winningest North Dakota boys’ basketball coach in history. The Burros won four State Class B boy’s basketball championships in 1973, 1974, 1977 and 1981, when they went undefeated. The Burros made 13 appearances in the State Class B boy’s basketball tourney and won 19 conference championships. Ed was selected as the ND Class B Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 1973 and 1974. He was selected the 1977 North Dakota High School Coach of the Year by the ND Sportswriters and Sportscasters. Ed served on the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Executive Board from 1981-1986; President in 1984. Ed was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Hillsboro Public School’s Hall of Fame in 2006. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Coaches Association in 1997.Ed was selected the National Boy’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 1997 and he received the National High School Coaches Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1988. He served on the National High School Coaches Association’s Executive Board from 1988-1997. Ed was inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Washington, DC in 1997. And finally he felt so blessed and honored to be inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.Ed was a great leader, motivator and mentor to his family, friends, athletes and fellow coaches. He expected discipline and respect and taught as many life lessons off the court as on. This was evidenced in so many ways. Ed started the Red River Valley basketball camps at Mayville State University. He enjoyed his time getting to work with other coaches and getting to know hundreds of basketball players throughout the region and most especially his seven grandchildren. As always he stressed fundamentals and sportsmanship. A highlight for many players was the team building he did by taking them on trips to MN Gopher sporting events, Vikings or MN Twins games. For many it was their first trip to the big city! Ed loved spending time with his wonderful wife, Elaine, who he adored. They enjoyed sporting events of all kinds, many trips, golfing and precious time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren. In recent years, Ed had fun with his buddies, whether it be out for breakfast or a trip to a casino. For Ed’s family, it was always wanting to please him and make him proud. We enjoyed cheering on his teams and the limelight of his coaching success, but it is important for all to know that the limelight of his love and faith were so much more. He lived it and professed it and we were all blessed by it. And as we mourn his passing, we find peace knowing he is with our Savior and our Mom.Ed was preceded in death by his wife Elaine in 2008, his parents, Edgar Sr. and Amanda Beyer, sister, Mavis Olson and sister-in-law, Karen Koch. Surviving him are daughters Tammy (Dave) Nelson of Hillsboro and Deb (Marty) Fetch of Omaha, NE. He also leaves grandchildren, Brad (Aubree) Nelson, Carisa (Don) Powers, Lisa (Isaac) Risbrudt, Craig (Sara) Nelson, Sammi (Jason) Hadfield, Molly (Matt) Anderson, and Marcus Fetch, and great grandchildren, Kolbey, Kynzie and Kohen Powers, Caden, Kellan, Brinley and Beckham Risbrudt, Nash, Briggs and Jax Nelson, Trinity Hadfield, and Emmett Anderson. He is survived by one sister, Sandy Seekon, sister-in-laws Pam (Roger) Swenson, Gayle (Dave) Schnell and brother-in-law Ronald Koch.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Friday Jan. 15, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday Jan. 16, at the church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro. Arrangements by Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro.
Condolences may be sent to Tammy Nelson, 806 Post Road, Hillsboro, ND 58045.