Father Leroy O. Beyer
Father Leroy O. Beyer, 87, Hollidaysburg, Pa., formerly of New Germany, Pa., died June 29, 2015, at Garvey Manor, Pa. He was born Dec. 2, 1927, in Summerhill Township, Pa., son of Victor A. and Alberta T. (Smith) Beyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy Trimble-Urick and Ruth Brown; and brother, Russell. He is survived by sisters, Helen Brown, Coudersport, Pa.; Loraine Beyer, Portage, Pa.; Ida Mae Spaid, Portage; and Alma Rounds, Denver; sister-in-law, Jean Beyer, New Germany; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War with 445 Ordnance Ammunition Supply Co. Father Beyer graduated from Wilmore High School in 1945. He worked at Bethlehem Steel Car Shop and Eastern Associated Coal Shaft Department. In 1959, he attended St. Philip Neri Latin School; 1960 to 1961, he attended St. Jerome’s College in Kitchener, Ontario; then from 1962 to 1966, he attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University (Roland Parks), Baltimore.
On May 14, 1966, he was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Wheeling, by Bishop Joseph H. Hodges. He served as associate pastor at the following parishes: St. Mary’s, Blacksburg, Va.; St. Paul’s Weirton; St. Francis Xavier, Moundsville; and St. Francis Xavier, Parkersburg. He was pastor at Holy Trinity Parish, Nitro; Assumption Parish, Keyser; St. Joseph Parish, Fairmont; and St. Jude Parish, Glen Dale. In 1995, he began his retirement. During retirement, he served as fill-in priest and celebrated daily Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish in New Germany and also Most Holy Trinity Parish in South Fork, Pa.
A vigil for the deceased was held July 1 at Immaculate Conception in New Germany. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 2 at Immaculate Conception by Father Leon Hont, OSB, and his cousin, Msgr. Arnold Gaus. Committal was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Military graveside service was offered by St. Michael American Legion Post 551.