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DECATUR - Dallas Eugene Beyer, 74, of Decatur died Thursday (Dec. 22, 2005) at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

A service of remembrance will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Central Christian Church, the Rev. Charles Watkins officiating. Private family interment will be at Boiling Springs Cemetery. Brintlinger & Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 650 W. William St., Decatur, IL 62522.

Mr. Beyer was born May 17, 1931, in Mason to Hugh W. and Berneice Long Beyer. He married Barbara Ann Hostettler on Aug. 23, 1958. She survives.

Other survivors include sons Thomas Beyer of St. Paul, Minn.; and Robert Beyer and wife Julie of Springfield; daughter Ann Graven of Moweaqua; grandchildren Maddie Beyer, Katie Beyer, Gracie Beyer, Alyssa Graven and Lesley Graven; one sister, Shirley Schumm and husband, Earl, of Plant City, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William and Duane, and son-in-law Randal Graven.

Dallas was a member of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he served as an elder and a deacon. His church and its people were ever and always a joy and a solace to him.

After serving his country in the military, Dallas attended Illinois State Normal University (now ISU).

Following graduation, he accepted an elementary school teaching position in Decatur. His 34-year career in the Decatur school district included positions as teacher, principal, and administrator.

Upon retirement, Dallas devoted much of his time to the Decatur-Macon County Fair Association, where he was a 35-year board member, serving the current year as president of the board. He especially looked forward to helping plan for the coming year's commemoration of 150 years of Macon County fairs.

As a charter member of the Decatur Evening Lions Club, Dallas upheld the ideals of Lionism and served its causes for more than 30 years. He was awarded the honor of Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow in 1993.

Dallas was an exemplary son and brother, husband, father, and grandfather, colleague and friend. We will remember him well and be grateful for his company on life's journey.

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