Roger H. Beu
Roger Beu was born on October 4, 1942, at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois. He peacefully took his last breath in his home on the morning of February 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Anyone who knew Roger knows that his family meant the world to him. No matter where he was or what he was doing, his family was what mattered the most.
As a young boy, Roger looked out across the fields from his kitchen window in his small family farmhouse in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Every morning he scanned the skies to check the weather patterns to forecast the day's needs, and he continued to do this every day for his entire life. Roger was a man of the land, loving the changing landscapes, always remembering the promise of spring in the winter months and his farm animals and family's needs. He was confirmed and attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church School for elementary school and eventually attended Dundee High School in Carpentersville, graduating in 1960.
Roger started driving a tractor at just seven years old, and while he worked the land, he dreamed of one day owning his own business. His first "job" outside of the family farm was loading gravel trucks. With no experience, his boss told him to get up in the cab and teach himself, which he did. Roger was one of those men who figured things out and moved everything forward. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1965, he started to dream bigger and eventually purchased a 7-Up truck and delivery route.
In 1969, he sold the 7-Up business and, with a friend, bought a tavern in McHenry, Illinois, which they named The Question Mark. While working long hours at the pub, Roger continued to dream of independently owning his own business, and he started Valley Fabricators, which was renamed Crystal Equipment and Sales.
On January 17, 1971, Roger married the love of his life, Linda Besemer. Together they birthed and raised their son, Roger Jr., and created a life beyond their wildest dreams.
In 1973, B&R Erectors, Inc. was born when Roger learned that while many companies installed indoor bleachers, he saw a need for bleacher repair. His vision expanded and it wasn't long until he created and patented innovative safety products, such as top-deck reinforcement systems, automatic end closures, and folding self-storing rail systems.
In 2010, Roger Jr. took over the business, and the company was renamed Corvus Industries, which is thriving and growing today in Woodstock, Illinois. After retiring, he felt very proud that his son carries on his legacy.
In his final days of life, Roger repeatedly shared that he had loved his life especially because of the love he felt for his family. One of his greatest wishes was for his two grandchildren, Ella and Brendan, to know how much they meant to him. He wanted them to remember to look up at the sky, feel the wind, notice the seasons, and always remember the importance of family.
Survived by his beloved wife Linda (Besemer), son Roger and his wife Cara (O’Malley), granddaughter Ella, grandson Brendan. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Marian (Nordman).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St Jude and/or Shriners.
Visitation will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry, IL 60050. Interment will be private.
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