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Michael Raymond Bever

September 12, 1942 ~ January 04, 2024

Mike Bever, 81, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away in his residence on January 4, 2024.

Born on September 12, 1942, in Cincinnati, OH, Mike was a magnetic friend to all he met. He was an amazing father, passionate about raising his children, and he adored his wife, who was his lifelong saint. Mike lived a blessed and rewarding life and was thankful to God for it every day. He practiced his beloved Catholic faith ardently, as taught to him by his father, passing that devotion on to his own family.

After graduating from Rockhurst High School, Mike went on to attend Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He then served in the United States Air Force, The Air Force Reserves and Massachusetts Air National Guard for 28 years.  Concurrently he flew as an airline pilot at Eastern, PanAm and as a Captain at United Airlines.  During his time in the military, Mike flew 100 missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Cross for downing an enemy aircraft in combat.

As a devout Catholic, Mike worshipped at St. Helen’s Catholic Parish.  In his free time, he was an avid golfer and perennial senior club champion at various courses.

Mike is survived by his spouse, Char Lee Bever, and their children, Michael Sean Bever, Jason Bever, Nannette Novoa, and Luke Bever. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Bever, mother, Golda Bever and sister, Barbara Jo Yeomans.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mike’s favorite charity, St. Helen’s Outreach Ministry, at “United Against Poverty” located locally at 1400 27th Street, Vero Beach FL.

Condolence

HOLLAND PATRICIA Ann

January 7, 2024, 11:18 pm

Thinking of you and wishing you strength and comfort. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

With our love and prayers
Tom & Pat Holland

Nancy Thurmond

January 8, 2024, 4:10 am

Our deepest sympathy, Mike, and your entire family. Love and prayers, John and Nancy Thurmond

The Family of Mr. Bever

January 8, 2024, 4:46 pm

The friends and community of the Bever family are invited to attend the funeral service of Mike Bever to be held at St. Helens Catholic Church, 2085 Tallahassee Ave, Vero Beach, FL at 10:00am, Thursday January the 11th. A reception will follow at Knights of Columbus Hall, 923 19th Pl, Vero Beach, FL.

Jocko Kaliszewski

January 8, 2024, 5:28 pm

Mike was a great man indeed. Played golf with him often. Never ever did I beat him. My best to Char, Nan and Luke.

Sharon Seldner

January 8, 2024, 6:36 pm

For Mike, the Sun and Moon have been replaced
With the light of Jesus’ face.
He won’t have to be ashamed
Because the savior knows his name.
May all our tears be washed away.

You are so missed, my Friend.
Families of Sharon Seldner
And son, Sam, Corporal Jorgenson, US Army, with whom Mike was so generous with his knowledge about available aircraft careers in the private sector.

Marla Barto

January 8, 2024, 8:20 pm

I’m sorry for your loss Nan and family. Sending healing prayers and hugs.
❤️ Marla Barto

Rick and Judy Heller

January 8, 2024, 10:11 pm

Mike was a friend and a good man. From personal conversations, I know he loved his family and his country. He was a devout catholic. He was also an avid, accomplished, and super competitive golfer. May he rest in peace.

Jenifer Bishop

January 9, 2024, 12:38 am

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

With love and support,
Todd and Jenifer Bishop

Clifford (Hud) Manning

January 9, 2024, 4:24 pm

There has never been nor will there ever be a finer person than Mike Bever.
He dedication to God, Family, and Country was exemplary. My mentor and
True Friend will be surely missed. Our sympathies to Char and family.
Hud and Frankie Manning

Alan T.Reid, Major General Ret

January 9, 2024, 8:55 pm

Mike was a blazing success as fighter pilot.as
human being and friend. In my many years as pilot I can say I never flew with any better. Our world is the lesser on his passing.

Loretta Gilbert

January 10, 2024, 2:02 pm

With deepest sympathy to Char and the family in their loss. May God comfort you and give you peace. With love.
Jerry and Loretta

Jim Manhardt

January 10, 2024, 8:20 pm

So sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. A truly good, faithful Catholic man, and great husband to Char

I enjoyed every on of our many conversations over the years and always had great respect for Mike, and everything he stood for

May our good Lord welcome Mike into paradise
Jim Manhardt

Lenny Masiello

January 11, 2024, 4:13 am

When I reflect on Mike’s strong religious faith, love for his wife and family, and military flying career what comes to mind is a poem written by John Gillespie Magee Jr titled: “HIGH FLIGHT”
The first and last passage of this poem seem appropriate in representing Mike’s life that begins with:

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and climbed the skies on laughter-silvered wings,”
The poem ends with:
“And, while with silent lifting mind, I’ve trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space, put out my hand, and touched the face of God”

Rest in Peace my friend and may God be with you.

Lenny & Carol Masiello

Sheila Venezia

January 11, 2024, 7:37 pm

Dear Nan,

So sorry you have lost your Dad.

Thoughts and Prayers!

John R Van Dam

January 17, 2024, 9:24 pm

You were a best buddy at the Rock, High school. Turns out you are
MY HERO in every way. God Bless You .

Jerome Hughes

January 17, 2024, 10:47 pm

Mike Bever-we’ll miss you. You embodied the values we were taught.

Carl A LaSala

January 29, 2024, 9:17 pm

Char and Family,
I know that you are all feeling a tremendous loss with Mike’s passing. As Christians we believe that he is in a better place and is waiting for us. As I think you know, Mike had a significant impact on my life beginning when I was 16 years old. I admired him and his attitude about so many things. It was because of him that I became a Navy Pilot and I think it always bothered him that we landed on Aircraft Carriers and Air Force Pilots landed on 10,000′ runways. He often told me that he could land on Carriers too if his aircraft had tailhooks. He was funny, honest, witty, wordy, committed, kind but not mushy, athletic, personable, loyal, religious and he was to me one of my oldest and dearest friends. I miss him.
Carl LaSala

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