Vernon D. Beran, 84 of Beatrice, formerly of Odell, passed away at his home on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009.
He was born on July 5, 1925, at Odell to Alfred and Elsie Beran and graduated from Odell High School in 1943. On Dec. 1, 1948, he was united in marriage to Shirley Glathar.
Vernon was very proud of his Czech heritage and loved listening and playing the Czech music. At age 16, he and some of his friends created the Silver Prague Band, playing many local and out-of-state dances. Off and on throughout his life, Vernon would play his Czech music with the last band being with a dear family friend, Bill Hajek. The past several years, Vernon would get together with other musician friends for their accordion jamborees. On Jan. 14, 2006, Vernon was inducted into The Musicians’ Hall of Fame.
Vernon started farming at an early age due to his father’s ill health. He went to work with his Uncle Ben who had a Ford Dealership in Hebron. Also, he went to Canada to help his Aunt Rose and Uncle Lester farm several seasons before his marriage. When his parents retired from farming in 1959, Vernon moved his family to the family farm. He continued to farm up until he and Shirley retired in 2003.
Survivors include wife, Shirley of Beatrice; children, Dale and Radene of Odell, Dean and Darlene of Arlington, Richard and Pat of Lexington, Roger of Fremont, Kevin of Beatrice, Diane of Grand Island, and Denise and Brian Becker of Knoxville, Iowa; grandchildren, Nathan Beran of Fremont, Danny Beran of Odell, Melissa Beran-Samuelson of Phoenix, Ariz., Kristen Beran of Fremont, Michael Beran of Tucson, Ariz., Kurt Beran of St. Joseph, Mich., Todd Beran of Elkhorn, Kim Beran-Shepler of Denver, Colo., Michelle Lieske of Lincoln, Brian Beran of Kansas City, Mo., and Dillon and Mikayla Becker of Knoxville, Iowa; and 12 great-grandchildren; Vernon’s brother, Loren and Teda Beran of Beatrice; sister, Arlene Hofmann of Tilden, Neb; sister-in-law, Beverly and Walt Vitosh of Beatrice; and also to be acknowledged, Donna Bartlett of Beatrice; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Chuck Hofmann and sister-in-law, Marcella Beran.
Services were held on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Fairbury at the Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home.