Obituary: Ernest Beye

Ernest Eldon Beye, 75, died Saturday, July 30, 2016, at his home near Towanda.

Eldon was born on Aug. 11, 1940, to Zerita Marie (Stice) and Elmer Ernest Beye at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lyvone, his mother and father, two brothers, Glenn Beye and David Beye, a sister, Marie Dill, a son, Eugene Beye, and a grandson, Nicholas Whiteside.

Eldon is survived by four children, Loraine Whiteside of Towanda, Eric Beye of Inman, Ed Beye of Wichita and Lynette Vance of Wichita; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He also is survived by three brothers and three sisters, Clyde Beye, Melvin Beye, Arthur Beye and Mildred Toliver, all of Cherryvale, Virginia Stough of Mulvane and Melba Yost of El Dorado. He also has numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Eldon lived most of his life in the Kansas area and loved spending time with family. He was a truck driver by profession and spent many hours on the road. He drove more than 5 million miles in his lifetime. He was a member of Newton Bible Church and loved going to Sunday school.

In 2013, Eldon moved to Towanda to live with his daughter and son-in-law. He enjoyed mowing and watching the wildlife on the farm.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Newton Bible Church in Newton with Pastor Matt Kruse presiding. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Dunlap Cemetery in Rural Rose Hill. Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Newton Bible Church Missions or Wyatt The Warrior Scleroderma Fund, both in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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