Stephen Walter Beyerlein, 71, of Amarillo, went to his heavenly home on December 15, 2021.
A Memorial Service will be held June 9, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM from 2:30-4:00, at the Church of God, located at the corner of Eubanks and Copper.
Stephen was born in South Bend, OR to Martin and Mae (Lyle) Beyerlein. With a dad who earned a full-ride scholarship to Juilliard School of Music and studied engineering and a mother who was a master gardener and baker among other talents, it’s no surprise that Steve was always musically inclined and had a love for nature. He started working at the age of 6 picking berries and beans on the farm! He moved his way up to a paper delivery route, then to surveying with his dad on the “chain gang,” and then became a logger in the forest for a lumber mill. He attended Philomath High School and Western Oregon University in Monmouth and earned a BA in Education with a focus in Geography and Social Studies. After a short time teaching, he returned to college in Klamath Falls for a BS in Civil Engineering and became a Surveying Engineering Tech which took him to Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico. There he met his wife Belinda Castillo who he married in June 1983, and they were blessed with a daughter Christine in 1986. Steve became a close part of Belinda’s family and was loved by her 9 siblings and parents like he was one of their own. He continued excelling in his career to become the Section Chief for Cadastral Surveying at the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico. People knew and respected him nationally across the Bureau for his integrity, kindness, and work ethic.
Steve loved Jesus, daily Bible studies, old classic church hymns, hiking in the mountains, swimming, lifting weights, golfing, stock market investing, Italian food, all desserts, the Green Bay Packers, NY Yankees, holistic medicine, western and sci-fi movies, and doing improvement projects around the house. He was active over the years as a church elder, Christian Science Fellowship of NM (CSFNM) speaker, and volunteering with prison ministry. He was passionate to share God’s good news, hope, and light with others. He retired in August 2019 and he and Belinda relocated to Amarillo, TX in September 2021 to start a new adventure of seeing new places and finding the best one in which to retire. Thanksgiving 2021 was the best one the family has had and Steve was healthy and happy.
On December 15, 2021, Belinda found Steve kneeling/praying by the bed like he did every night, except this time his heart had stopped and he had gone to be with the Lord. We will see him again soon at the pearly gates when Jesus returns, but until then he will be deeply missed by so many who knew and loved him here.
He is survived by: wife Belinda Castillo-Beyerlein; daughter Christine Beyerlein; siblings: Mike (and Sue) Beyerlein (College Station, Texas), David (and Brenda) Beyerlein (Bend OR), and Karen (and Richard) Findtner (San Marin, CA); and Belinda’s siblings, Michael Castillo (and Wanita Kirkman), John (and Patricia) Castillo, Steven Castillo, Ernest Castillo, Abel Castillo, Robert (and Emelda) Castillo, Peter James Castillo, Rosemary Castillo, and Priscilla (and Danny) Williams.
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1 Thes 4:13-18
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.