Chad Eugene BeerlyDecember 21, 1971 ~ September 24, 2017 (age 45)
Chad Eugene Beerly was a beloved son, a caring brother, a devoted husband, a loving father, and a loyal friend. He was born on December 21, 1971. He was a source of deep and endless pride for his parents, Harry and Janis. To his brothers Darren and Brandon, he was a playmate, a teammate, and a source of love and support. He brought joy to all who knew him in his 45 years.
Chad grew up in the country and spent his childhood outdoors with his brothers, cousins, and good friends. As a boy, he loved riding dirt bikes, fishing, and playing sports with his brothers, his neighbors, and his cousins. Like many young boys, he enjoyed and began many friendships through Little League baseball and youth sports. Athletics came naturally to Chad, and his gifts made him a standout by the time he reached high school.
It was in high school that he began his relationship with Kristen, a relationship strong enough to survive some early years of long distance. They were married in 1996 in Carthage, Missouri, in a beautiful ceremony at the historic Phelps House. They made their first home in Columbia, Missouri, where Chad spent the late 1990s working to support them while Kristen was in law school. To his wife, Chad was a source of kindness, support, and laughter.
Chad became a father in 1997 with the birth of his daughter Grace Marie. Two years later, he welcomed the arrival of his son William McGwire. The family moved closer to home, eventually settling down in Lockwood, Missouri. Chad was active in his children’s activities and celebrated their successes in school. He drew endless pride and inspiration from their accomplishments and their character. To his children, Chad was a listener, a protector, and a best friend.
Chad was the kind of person you wanted to be like and wanted to be around. He was handsome and physically fit. His smile lit up a room and he could make you laugh until your sides hurt. He loved to learn. He made up songs. He could do impressions of most of the people he knew. He had the ability to master nearly anything in which he became interested. He pulled trophy fish from the lake. He scored a hole-in-one on the golf course. He knew how to find the best arrowheads. He picked up the guitar and taught himself to play. To his friends, he was a companion, a confidant, and a source of encouragement.
Chad will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. He brought us joy throughout his 45 years.