Arthur Hansen Beyer

June 6, 1938May 1, 2021

Rev. Dr. Arthur Hansen Beyer

June 6, 1938 – May 1, 2021

Arthur Hansen Beyer, 82, was called home by our Heavenly Father on May 1, 2021, with the love of his life by his side.

Art was born June 6, 1938 in St. Johns, Michigan, son of the late Arthur Frederick Beyer and Viola Louise Hansen Beyer. He was baptized on June 26, 1938 and confirmed on April 6, 1952.

He grew up in Lincoln Park, MI and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1964, where he followed in his father’s footsteps of becoming a Lutheran pastor. Along with his uncles and cousins, there were 23 pastors in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church at that time.

In 1964, he received a call as missionary-at-large in Atlanta, GA. He later established a mission congregation in Jonesboro, GA and then served as an assistant pastor in LaGrange, IL. In 1970, he took over as senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL, where he served for the next 30 years. While at Trinity, he grew the church through an emphasis on Bible study and mission work, taking the congregation through four building programs. During his career, he started mission work in Togo, Africa and trained pastors in India.

In 1985 he received his Doctorate degree in Theology. He also served as vice-president of the Northern Illinois District, as well as on the board for the Lutheran Church Charity Fund and the local Rotary Club.

After retiring in 2000, he continued to serve in ministry in various capacities, including as a vacancy pastor, leading adult bible studies, and as a chaplain for Holland America Cruise Lines.

Art deeply loved his family and had a passion for fishing, making stained glass, ice cream, and scotch. Those who were fortunate enough know him can attest to his quick wit and sense of humor.

They also know that above all, Art adored his beloved wife, Charlotte Beyer, of 57 years.

Art is preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, Gene Beyer.

He is the loving father of Cathy (Mike) Metz, Art (Miriam) Beyer, Matthew Beyer, and Christian Beyer. He is the cherished grandfather of Megan (David) Roberts, Caitlin (Joseph) Shelley, Conner (Anna) Metz, Kira Hicks, and Imee and Emily Beyer, as well as the proud great grandfather of Ford, McLain, and Nora Roberts, and Emma. He is younger brother to Lois Drake and Caroline Braun.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Art’s name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( or to the mission fund of the Next 40 campaign at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary, NC ( On that page, click on the HERE link for online donations.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 10, 11am, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary, North Carolina. The church currently has the following COVID protocols in place:

* Face masks are required

* Maximum capacity of 100 people


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Alicia Fellendorf Craven

May 10, 2021

Pastor Beyer married my husband and I in August 1984. He was a wonderful man! My father, Fred Fellendorf, thought the world of him and loved him very much. When I heard the news of Pastor Beyer’s passing, my first thought was I am sure my dad was first in line to greet him in heaven! My father always spoke so warmly about Charlotte and Pastor Beyer. We will keep all of you in our prayers.


May 7, 2021

I had the privilege of working at Upstate Insurance, where Art and Charlotte carried their insurance. Art was the sweetest person to deal with. He always had something funny to say and was just a pleasure to work with. He will sure be missed.

Roberta Port

May 6, 2021

Dear Charlotte & family,
My prayers & thoughts are with you now as I celebrate Pastor Art’s life. I especially remember his humor, his love of our Savior, his compassion extended to me when my son passed & his leadership on our group trip to Germany to celebrate Luther’s 500 th anniversary of the Reformation. Pastor Art stayed busy doing our Lord’s work & is now resting from his labors. I miss y’all.
Roberta Port

Mike Ashby

May 5, 2021


I’ll always remember when Art asked me to Chair the Board of Elders at Trinity Lisle. I responded that I wasn’t old enough to take on that responsibility. He quickly reminded me that I was three months older then him. What a wonderful friendship with you both that followed.

Nancy Michels

May 5, 2021

You know he’s a special guy when all you have to say to refer to him is “PB”. Pastor Beyer was such a blessing to so many and an example of Godly service and leadership. His love for Char and the family was always a beautiful witness as well. Our lives have been made richer by knowing him. May God’s peace, strength and love be with Charlotte and your beautiful family.

Sandy Groover

May 4, 2021

Dear Char, Art, Cathy, Christy, and Matt...There are too many memories of Pastor to pick just one. For twenty-four years he saw us through the ups and downs of our lives. He baptized and confirmed both our children, saw us through major health issues, and fed our spiritual lives through his teaching of God's word. Though it's been many years since we have seen all of you, we still feel as though we are part of that wonderful Trinity family. We have been truly blessed knowing you all. Now we rejoice that Pastor is safely home with his Savior.
Much love to you all, Sandy & Bruce Groover


May 3, 2021

There are countless memories of Pastor Beyer. When I was a janitor at Trinity he would hear me blasting my music in the hall or sanctuary. Upon hearing Hotel California as he passed me in the hall they were singing "This could be heaven or this could be hell" Another time I was playing "Stairway to Heaven". As he counseled Ruth and I before we were married he said " sometime Mark may walk around in his underwear". We laughed. When I shoveled the snow at church he told me where there was a stash of wine to keep myself warm. He will always be remembered as a caring friend. Thank you Art for your friendship.