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Dr. Fred Beyeler, Fruita, Colorado community member for the last forty four years, passed away Dec. 29, 2016 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction after a long illness, he was 85.

Dr. Beyeler was born on May 9, 1931 in Cortland, New York, from the union of John and Katherine Beyeler. The family moved to Fruita, Colorado, in 1945 and he graduated from Fruita Union High School in 1947. After high school he graduated from Mesa Junior College before serving two years in the United States Army, serving in Korea with the 79th Corps of Engineers and being discharged as a Sergeant.

He returned to New York after military service and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced veterinary medicine in Maryland and then Moab, Utah, before moving back to Fruita in 1973. He owned and practiced at Lower Valley Veterinary Clinic in Fruita until his retirement at age 80. His clients were also his friends.

He was a board member of Grand Valley Irrigation Co. for 23 years before retiring, many of those years serving as vice president. At one time he was an Elmwood Ditch Co. secretary treasurer.

He was a past Fruita Chamber of Commerce President and Grand Master of the Fruita Fall Festival, Master of the Fruita Masonic Lodge and lifetime member of the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard. He was an Exalted Ruler of the Elks in Moab, Utah, and Lifetime Member and Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Fred also was a former Grand County Commissioner in Utah and a Lions Club member.

Fred married Clara Beyeler on May 19, 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and she survives.

Dr. Beyeler leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Clara Beyeler of Fruita, Colorado; a son from a previous marriage, Arnold Beyeler of Jacksonville, Florida; a stepdaughter, Janie Fix of Kissimmee, Florida; three grandchildren, Heather Fredericks of Easton, Pennsylvania, Jordan and Brady Beyeler; and five great grandchildren. on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

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