John Lewis Beran

April 20, 1930January 15, 2019
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John Lewis Beran, 88, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

He was born April 20th, 1930 to John and Elizabeth (Krejci) Beran in their home, a large 2-story stucco house, across from Beran’s Gin, where he worked for 70 plus years.

He attended Moulton High School, played on the basketball team and graduated in 1948.

He married Adela Kloesel, an ‘ole country gal’ from Komensky on April 25th, 1950 in Moulton’s St Joseph’s Catholic Church. Shortly after, that same year, he left for basic training in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. After 4 years of marriage, they had one son, Brian.

John loved to fish, hunt and play pool but more than anything, he loved The Gin and all the friends he made there. No one was a stranger to him and if he didn’t know you, he would sit in “that black chair” that leans back way too far, and get to know you. That is where he could always be found if you needed advice about mixing feed, hatching eggs, growing crops or cracking pecans. Even if you didn’t need advice, he may have given it to you anyway because he knew everything about everything. His mind was a steel trap and he never forgot a name, a face, a place or an event – past or present. He was great with his hands and could fix anything. He could make whatever he needed out of practically nothing. He loved his white Charolais cattle, his geese, and in his lifetime, he and his wife raised over 12,000 pigs for market.

He was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, The American Legion, and the Post Oak Hog association. He served on the Moulton School Board.


  • John Beran, Father
  • Elizabeth (Krejci) Beran, Mother
  • Emil Beran, Brother
  • Justine Beran, Sister-in-law
  • Frank Beran, Brother
  • Edith Beran, Sister-in-law
  • Sidonia Fishbeck, Sister
  • Louis Fishbeck, Brother-in-law
  • Adela (Kloesel) Beran, Wife
  • Brian Beran, Son
  • Julia Beran, Daughter-in-law
  • Mr. Beran also leaves behind his grandson Brandon Beran and wife Samantha, granddaughter Brandy Beran and spouse John McGinley, and great-granddaughter Lauren Bailey Beran to cherish his memory.

  • Ralph Dierschke, Pallbearer
  • Mark Fishbeck, Pallbearer
  • Michael Fishbeck, Pallbearer
  • Robert "Bobby" Beran, Pallbearer
  • Douglas Beran, Pallbearer
  • James "Biimbo" Kalishko, Pallbearer

  • St. Joseph Social Center
  • Moulton Volunteer Fire Department


  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, January 19, 2019

John Lewis Beran

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Michael Biehunko

January 20, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Beran from when I was just a little boy in the 1950's. I used to go to the gin and sit on the big cotton bails and watch Mr. Beran gin the cotton. I bought my calf and pigeon food from him. He always had that unforgetable smile on his face. He was a very kind and giving man. Brian may god bring his blessings upon you and your family.

Bob and Kathy Derryberry

January 19, 2019

God's Love, Blessings and Peace to John's wonderful family as they say their earthly "goodbyes".

John was a friend to ALL. GREAT PERSONALITY! John never met a stranger.
He served his family, church, neighbors and community all his life.
John was a man of great integrity, morals, values, honesty, character, work ethics and above all Faith in The Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Sorry we could not attend John's services due to health issues.
A special blessing of peace to Brian, his beloved son, and Adela, his beloved wife.

Love and Blessings,
Friend, Customer and Neighbor,
Bob and Kathy Derryberry
5020 Cassia Way
Round Rock , Texas 78665

Adolph and Georgia Dziadek

January 19, 2019

Our condolences to the family of the passing of our longtime friend. Due to illness we are not able to attend the services, we are very sorry we can't make it there. May he rest in peace. We are saddened. May God bless him. Adolph and Georgia Dziadek

Karen Batey

January 18, 2019

To all the family I am so very sorry for your loss. May perpetual light shine upon John
My memories of running over to John’s house from Grandma and Grandpa Batey’s House, playing with the cocker spaniel puppies and playing at the gin are something I hold dearly in my heart. Rest In Peace, cousin.

Pam Fojtik Oakes

January 17, 2019

So sorry to hear about John's passing. Seeing the pictures brought back some good old memories of all the Memorial Day parties and fishing at the Komensky farm. John always looked forward to playing the annual softball game out in the pasture by the outhouse even if he thought some of us cheated. And I can still see him sitting on the rocks fishing with his cane pole.

I know you all will miss him but take comfort in the fact that he led a full and enjoyable life and he is now in the Lord's house.

Pam Fojtik Oakes

Lucia Cao-Spurlock

January 17, 2019

Beran Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the days going into the feed mill to buy food for my stock show animals and speaking with Mr. Beran about how my animals were doing. My dad regrettably will not be able to attend the service because he is not in the country. He sends his condolences. We pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Lucia Cao-Spurlock & Manuel Cao

Margie Kocian

January 17, 2019

To Adela and Family: My deepest sympathy and condolences to you all. Prayers are being said. John always had a kind word for everyone; we always said “Hello Cuz”! John will be missed greatly!