Peterson Funeral Chapel

            Billy Lee "Bud" Beaver was born January 13, 1937 to Willie Beaver and Martha Clevenger in Aurora, MO. and passed from this life on December 3, 2020 at the Mercy Hospital in Aurora.

            He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; his parents; a sister, Jolene Hudson and husband, Joe; a brother, Max; a baby sister, Mary and a son-in-law, Duane Baum.

            He is survived by one son, Joe Beaver and wife, Lois; one daughter, Betty Baum; one sister, Terisha Hilton; grandchildren, Nathan Beaver and wife, Megan, Shannon Johnson and husband, Thad, Lauren Patison and husband, Jason and Leanne Johnson and husband, Andy; great-grandchildren, Brent Johnson and wife, Cassie, Kylie Johnson, Amelia and Asher Beaver; great-great-grandchildren, Presley Johnson and one on the way, Landon Johnson.  He is also survived by special friends, Roger and Teresa Thurman and family, Don and Barbara Liles and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

            Bud worked in his earlier days as a truck driver for MFA feeds, Southwest Manufacturing, Cuddy Farms and retired from Clark Industries in Monett as a welder.  Bud retired but couldn't keep busy enough and went back to work at Clark a couple times for short stents.

            Bud was a member of White Oak Church and most recently Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church.  

            Bud enjoyed watching Joe become involved in motorcycles and cars and helped Joe and a friend build a stock car.  Bud had several hobbies through the years, he liked to fish, coon hunt and play music.  He loved music and played the guitar, mandolin and fiddle, all self-taught and enjoyed singing at church with Shirley and Betty playing the piano.  Bud always enjoyed putting out a big garden that reaped lots of produce.  He and Shirley canned a lot but he gave a lot away to neighbors and friends.  Until his eyesight failed, he loved to read.  He also loved to watch Nascar with Shirley and they both had different favorite drivers.  Bud kept active and was always busy.  He walked anywhere from 2-20 miles a day often seen walking in the cemetery.  But most of all Bud loved to laugh and have fun and always had a smile.  He also entertained his grandkids with silly poems and songs he wrote.

            Most recently Bud had a stay in the Hudson House in Aurora and the Aurora Nursing Center.

            Bud always worked hard and wanted his kids to work hard and was always a good provider for his family.

            Graveside services will be held Monday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Maple Park Cemetery under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.