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Thursday, March 25, 2010

In Memory of Pr. Don Beake

Our brother, retired Pastor Don Beake, passed away last Friday after a battle with cancer. While certainly a loss for us all, Don's wife Jean reports that he died peacefully at home and that both she and their daughter Jody were present for his passing. They rejoice in his life and the certainty of the life to come. Thank you for your prayers and support of the family during Don's illness.

A service of worship and celebration offered in Don's memory will be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 11 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond, OR.  Pr. John Maas, a close friend of Don's, will be preaching and Pr. Frank Brocker will preside. Any and all friends and family are welcome to attend. Clergy will not be vesting, but please grace the family with your presence as possible. Memorial gifts may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Rest eternal grant Don, dear Lord, and peace and promise for his family.

Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke


In Memory of
the Rev. Donald McRae Beake
December 29th, 1931 - March 19th, 2010

The Rev. Donald Beake was born on December 29, 1931 in Youngstown, Ohio.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Capital University and then continued his preparation for ministry at Capital Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1958.  He was ordained on June 8, 1958 by the American Lutheran Church.  He and his wife, Jean, were married later that month in Oregon City, Oregon. 

Pastor Beake served faithfully at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Lind, Washington (1958-1962), at Fir Lawn Lutheran Church in Sweet Home, Oregon (1962-1968), and finally at First Lutheran Church in Bend, Oregon (1968-1993).  During his years in ministry, the Rev. Beake served on the Board of Pacific Lutheran University, the Northwest Synod Board, and the Oregon Synod Organization Board.  He also volunteered his time on various community boards, including the Red Cross, Hospice of Central Oregon, the Bend Housing Shelter Board, and Deschutes County Mental Health.  In retirement, he and his wife were active members at Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond. 

The Rev. Beake is survived by his wife, Jean, and their children, Jon and Jody.