Lee Ray Beer

December 02, 1943 ‒ May 11, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: To know Lee Beer was to know how the Spirit of the Living God can encounter a man, and transform him into a new creation. At the age of 50, Lee accepted Christ at the city-wide Billy Graham Crusade featuring Ralph Bell. He knew God…but now relied on Him daily for decisions and was bold in proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Faithful to His servant Lee, God called him home Monday evening May 11, 2015.  He was 71.

Born December 02, 1943 in Mansfield to Louie and Marabell (Dillion) Beer, Lee was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1961. He went right to work at P.P.G., a firm he served 44 years and also served with the Army National Guard.

Lee was a member of Berean Baptist Church and Lee didn’t just talk-the-talk: he walked-the-walk!

Lee poured himself into prison ministry. Assigned as a Chaplain for Morrow County Jail in addition to serving at MANCI and RICI, Lee relentlessly pursued others for Christ.“Keep the main thing, the main thing.” was his Christ-focused response as he ministered to others.

Lee will be remembered as a man who loved his wife and children, lived out an active Christian faith and finished well!

Surviving, and blessed with a legacy of love, are his wife Elsa (Gottschling) Beer, whom he married October 4, 1964; their children Lee Scott Beer and Rick & Kami Beer all of Columbus and Holly & Eric Hammond of Lexington; grandchildren Kyle and Tyler Beer, Suzanna, Jacob, Lucas, Grace, Emma, Nathaniel, Amelia, Lilly, Noah, Micah, Zach and Violet Hammond; sister Marlene Manley of Columbus; sister-in-law Barb Beer of Mansfield along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Richard Beer.

The Beer family will receive friends Friday, May 15 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving Glory to God for the life and ministry of Lee Beer will be held Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, with Pastors Bill Heaton and Dave Pound officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions to Berean Baptist Church Deacon fund or Child Evangelism Fellowship or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Beer family. Send them a message of love and comfort – and watch Lee’s tribute video – at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Great and respected man, I looked up to him and he was an example of how others should be. Love you Lee, Behave up there.

  • Scott/Rocky, very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I know your family is strong and of great faith to get through this sad time. My thoughts and prayers to you and all in the family.

  • Elsa, Scott, Rocky, and Holly. So sorry to hear of Lees` passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. God Bless you all.


  • For Lee’s family:
    It was an honor and privilege to meet Lee Beer. He was a great Chaplain and leader at the Morrow County Jail ministry. He touched many lives. He helped train many clergy and workers for jail ministry. He inspired many people with his life and the love of God. He had the joy of the Lord and compassion as he ministered to the inmates at the Jail. He was a great example for us workers. He helped reached people from all over the world with his ministry. He was a blessing and inspiration to his brothers and sisters at the Berean Baptist Church.

    We are thankful Lee had a wonderful family. His wife Elsa and children were very loving and supportive with throughout his life and final days. Lee touched the lives of others with his love for God even in his final days.

    We know he will have a special place in Heaven. We will miss him, but we are hopeful and believe we will see him again and rejoice with him. May God’s comfort and love be with his lovely family.

    His friends from the Morrow County Jail ministry and the staff at Hospice
    of North Central Ohio.

  • Rocky and family,
    So sorry for you loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Scott,

    All of us at Laserbits are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He sounds like a remarkable man and you can take comfort knowing that you will see him again. Our best wishes and prayers are with you and your entire family.

  • Such a great and respected man who will be missed. We all loved him and looked up to him and if I can be half of a man that he was I’ll do just ok down here. Rest easy Papa, til we meet again

  • Elsa and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the passing of Lee. Because of his faith in Jesus Christ we “do not grieve like those who have no hope”; our hope is in the Lord. May you find peace and comfort in the promises of God and the assurance of eternal life. God bless you!
    Kim & Ruth Maurer
    and your friends at Ontario Christian Fellowship

  • Although I only knew Lee through the Resurrection Breakfast the last few years, I always appreciated his Godly gentle spirit. He had a wonderful, beautiful, and calm spirit about himself! May God grant his family the strength and peace to get through this difficult time in their lives.

    God Bless,
    Anthony & Marilyn Wheaton

  • Elsa & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss seeing you and Lee walking around the neighborhood together as well as seeing Lee and Dale leaving on their many trips to the prison ministry. It truly was a privilege
    having Lee for a neighbor and we know his presence will be missed by all of us on the cul-de-sac. May the Lord comfort your hearts as only He can do.

  • Brother Beer was an invaluable part of the ministry team at Mansfield Correctional Institution. All whom he has touched shall be forever grateful for the encounter. Until we see Him face to face, we lay up treasures in Heaven. God bless Lee’s family.


  • Elsa,
    Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. You’re in my prayers.

  • I love Lee very much and greatly appreciated his ministries in MANCI. I will forever be grateful for his mentoring and helping me give myself over to Christ.

  • Dear Elsa and family ,my prayers and thoughts are with you ,its not easy to let go of a person you loved so much , god has used lee in a mighty way , but it was time to go to his heavenly home ,
    God has prepared that special place there in glory for his child Lee,
    God is faithful even in the midst of the storm ,
    Elsa you have such wonderful memories, as i watched the dvd, god sure did bless the beer family,
    May you look to god in this time of sorrow and praise god even in deepest day in this world ,rejoyce for Lee his-with his master that he loved so much ,,, just like my edmund , they are waiting for us ,glory halleluja praise god for eternal life in glory

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Lee was a great man and will be remembered fondly by all who met him.

    Phil “dunleavy” Hicks and family.

  • Elsa,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Lee. Our prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.

  • Lee was my last Supervisor before I left PPG for VA in 2005. He was a great Supervisor and a better man. I always respected and admired his commitment to God’s service especially in the prison ministry. Though he will be missed, he is finally home. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15.

  • Please accept our deepest sympathy and regrets for Lee’s passing. He was a good man and we will miss him dearly.

  • What a privilege to have served under Rev. Beer in the Morrow County Jail. Lee was highly spoken of by staff and those incarsersted as well.
    He truly showed the love of Christ to all.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Looking forward to spending eternity with him someday.
    The Brickers

  • Wishing you and your family strength and peace. With deep sympathy at this time of sadness.

  • Dear Elsa and Family, So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Lee. May the Lord reach down to you with His loving arms and reassures you that Lee is now peaceful and without pain. With love and caring thoughts , Patty & Len Brown

  • Dearest Elsa, Family,
    What I will remember, most of all, when we would see each other Elsa, is your genuine love for your husband Lee. You would share with me, your memorable trips taken together, and how we talked the last time we saw each other in the grocery store, that both of us had celebrated our Golden Anniversary.
    Now your Lee is seeing and walking on streets of gold! His genuine, most visible faith, NOW SIGHT!
    Such a God given promise our Lord has given us, that we shall see and know our loved ones, gone on before. And He has a perfect plan for His children.
    Things don’t just happen, to those who know and love God, they’re planned by His own dear hand…then molded and shaped and timed by His clock, things just don’t happen, THEY’RE PLANNED.
    May you rest in and on His promises, dear Elsa, Family