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John L. Beyer
September 29, 1946 ~ September 27, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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John Leonard Beyer, age 76, departed this world on September 27, 2023. He was the beloved son of the late Olive Beyer and late Edward Beyer, a cherished brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, and true friend to many.
John is survived by his sister, Ellen (George) Holmes, and his role as "Unc" held a special place in his heart. He was a devoted uncle to Deanna Holmes (Allen), Jennifer (David) Marek, and David (Cheri) Holmes, and a proud great uncle to Matt and Ryan Marek and Alex and Leo Holmes.
John served in the Marines from February 1966 to February 1968 and was part of the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #73. His true passion was cars, so he started his own business and became a renowned Chicagoland chassis builder. He was the owner of John Beyer Race Cars and custom fabricated many cars and dragsters. John will forever be remembered for his exceptional craftsmanship. He loved his work and took building to another level that can be seen in so many cars.
His legendary '57 Chevy “Dynamite” and dragster were testaments to his craft and passion for racing at Union Grove, U.S. 30, and Route 66 Dragstrips. One of John's proudest accomplishments was winning a coveted "Wally" trophy as the Route 66 Raceway Super Pro 2017 Champion in the NHRA All Access Challenge.
John's passion for cars, racing, and trains was matched only by his love for his family and friends. Visitation will be October 3rd from 3:00 to 9:00 PM at the Becvar & Son Funeral Home, 5539 W. 127th Street, Crestwood, IL. The funeral service will be on October 4th at 10:00 AM with final resting at Bohemian National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in John's name to the Gary Sinise Foundation or Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
John Beyer’s legacy will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those who knew him and on the many cars he had the honor to work on.