Obituary of Milton Samuel “Sam” Beyer


Milton Samuel “Sam” Beyer died on July 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 29, 2022 at Norman IOOF Cemetery, 1913 N. Porter Ave., Norman, OK. Services are contracted out to Tribute Memorial Care.

Sam was born on December 14, 1923, to Jessie Eulalie and Roscoe Beyer in a four-room farmhouse called Chow Hill SE, five miles from Muscottah, Kansas. He graduated from Holton High School and joined the Navy in May 1943 during World War II.

Sam always had the will to survive and during the war his ship, the USS Ommaney Bay, was hit by a Japanese kamikaze attack in January 1945, sinking the small aircraft carrier. Sam, surviving the attack, had to abandon ship and was in the water waiting for hours to be rescued. Sam was truly part of the greatest generation.

After the war he became a licensed civil engineer and worked with the Kansas Highway Department for 10 years. He continued his career with Myers Construction Highway Contractor in El Dorado Kansas for 11 years, then transitioned his career to start working for Broce Construction Highway Contractor in Kansas and managed Oklahoma operations until his retirement. retirement.

Serving his industry, he was a board member of the Oklahoma Asphalt Paving Association and a member of the Oklahoma AGC board of directors. The teams he led have won the Shelton Hays Award for Best Tarmac Road in the United States 3 years in a row.

Married Peggy Sewell in 1978 and she died of cancer in 2016

Predeceased by his mother, father, sister Dorothy Vanderwall and sister Beverly Bistline.

He leaves to mourn; daughter, Deborah Sands and husband Rob Sands of Melbourne Beach, FL; Son, Milton S Beyer, Jr. of Toronto, KS; son, John “Dick” Beyer and wife Susan Beyer of Norman, OK; grandson, Jacob Beyer of Melbourne, Florida; Granddaughter, Jennifer Davenport and husband John Davenport of Norman, OK, great-grandson, Bond Davenport and great-granddaughter, York Davenport of Norman, OK.

Posted July 27, 2022

Posted in The Oklahoman


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