Lowville - Walter J. Beyer Jr., 77, of Sharp Street, Lowville, died on Wednesday morning, May 1, 2013 at his home.

The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville, with Rev. Bryan Catlin, officiating.

Burial will follow in the West Lowville Rural Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY  13367; or to the American Diabetes Association, Utica NY Office, Lomond Office Park, 110 Lomond Court, Utica, NY  13502.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Nancy; nine children, James Beyer of Lowville; Tony and Julie Beyer of Lowville; Dawn and Douglas Jackson of Croghan; Joseph and Karen Beyer of Lowville; Dean Beyer of Lowville; Ernest and Amy Beyer of Lowville; Lori Beyer-Teal of Saratoga; Donald Beyer of Simpsonville, SC; Daniel and Sherry Beyer of Lowville; a brother, Benjamin Beyer of Lowville; two sisters, Irene Micek of Watertown; Marie Brown of Maryland; 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Renee J. Beyer; a granddaughter, Olivia Miracle Beyer; brothers, Martin, John, George and Philip P. Beyer; and sisters, Jennie Sullivan, Bertha Yancey, Dorothy Unkart, Clarabelle M. “Jeanette” Brown, Millie Nuffer, Vera Leviker, Martha Drelick, and Loretta Peebles.

Walter was born on February 29, 1936 at home on the Rector Road, the youngest child of the late Walter R. and Martha Snyder Beyer. He attended District #11 country school on the Rector Road.  Walter worked for the ABC Casket Company in Lowville until his marriage.

On July 7, 1956, he married Nancy J. Edwards, the daughter of Gerald and Mary Bockenheim Edwards and Mary Margaret Chartrand Edwards, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan, with Father Fenton Murphy officiating.

Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Number Three Road from 1956 – 1964. The family moved to a farm on Route 26 in Lowville, operating the farm until retiring in 2000. The farm is now owned by their son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Sherry Beyer and family.  After their retirement, Walter and Nancy moved to Sharp Street in Lowville.

Mr. Beyer was a member of the Hilltop Rythemeers Country Band throughout his lifetime.  He was a member of the Valley Snow Travelers, a former member of the Tug Hill Fish and Game Club, and a former board member of Production Credit, Watertown.

Walter was an avid hunter, and enjoyed his fish ponds.  He was an extreme socializer with family and friends.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.