In Memory: Feb. 23

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Howard “Roy” Beem, Jr., 56, Vero Beach

September 19, 1964 – February 22, 2021

On Monday, February 22, 2021, Howard Roy Beem Jr. passed away at the age of 56 in Vero Beach, Florida following a brief but courageous battle resulting from complications of the COVID-19 Virus.

He was born on September 19, 1964 in Illinois and raised in Union, New Jersey. Following his proud service in the United States Marine Corps, he relocated to Palm Beach County. Shortly after arriving, he met and married Laura (Wilhelm) Beem and settled down in Boynton Beach where they welcomed two amazing children, Corinn Nicole and Anthony James.

His career in new home construction provided an opportunity to relocate to Vero Beach in 2004 where he laid deep roots within his community. He quickly advanced in his career and held various roles with the companies he served and represented.  His long career ended as Project Manager with Ryan Homes where he was well-respected for his leadership skills.  Roy possessed a sense of humor and a welcoming demeanor. He lived large and was considered a strong figurehead among his family, friends, and co-workers.  He had a passion for living and enjoyed motorcycles, baseball, guns, creating art and cooking for family and friends. Some of his happiest moments were spent preparing fabulous meals and spending time with those he dearly loved.

He is survived by his children, Corinn Beem and Anthony Beem; his parents Anthony and Dolores Elvas; and siblings, Russell Beem (Audrey); Rebecca Giordano (Elio); and Rochelle Beem, as well as many much loved nieces and nephews; and significant other, Laura Herman of Vero Beach.

Roy will be honored in a beachside Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Jaycee Park, 4200 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL.

Inurnment with Military Honors will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Crestlawn Cemetery, 1216 14 Street, Vero Beach, FL.

Donations in memory of Roy Beem can be made to the Marine Raider Foundation  ( or the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Daniel Cyrus Bruce II, 60, Vero Beach

May 16, 1960 – February 22, 2021

Daniel Cyrus Bruce, II passed away February 22, 2021 at his home, in Vero Beach.

He was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

He attended the University of Kentucky.

Mr. Bruce worked as a realtor at Coldwell Banker of Vero Beach and also a manager at Dollar General of Vero beach. He was fondly known as the “Money Man” at Dodgertown, Holman Stadium.

Daniel was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Vero Beach Jaycees.

He is survived by his wife, Elise “Lee” Bruce; father, Danny Bruce of Lexington, Kentucky; son, Jordan Bruce; daughters, Ashley Rose and her husband, Jordan Rose and Alexandria “Allie” Havey and her husband, Michael Legg; grandchildren, Baylie Snell and Jase Rose; siblings, Blanche Leach, Brent Bruce, Kathryn Mitchell, Julie Antrim, Jere Clancy, Jennifer Nipp, and Jordan Clancy; cousin, Kim Jordan; and aunt, Rose Jordan.

He was predeceased by grandfather, Earl Boyd “EB” Jordan; grandmother, Georgia “Jordie” Jordan; and uncle, Richard Jordan.

A Gathering for friends and family will be held 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 4:00 p.m. at Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home, with Father Michael Edwards officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

John “Oliver” Hamilton, 49, Vero Beach

May 28, 1971 – February 17, 2021

Mr. John “Oliver” Hamilton, age 49 passed away at his home on February 17, 2021 in Vero Beach, FL.

Oliver was born on May 28, 1971 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

He was a graduate of Chester County High School in Tennessee “Class of 1990”. Oliver has resided in Vero Beach for the last 16 years.

Oliver was a Certified Personal Trainer.

Oliver enjoyed volleyball, kickball, traveling, outdoor adventures and gathering with his friends.

Oliver is survived by his Mother: Nancy L. Jones, Sister: Kathryn M. Miller (Daniel), Stepmother: Kathleen J. Hamilton. Niece: Emilee G. Miller, Nephew: Easton B. Miller.

Oliver was preceded in death by his father: Kenneth E. Hamilton.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Diane Bonner, 82, Vero Beach

January 18, 1939 – February 18, 2021

Diane Marie Bonner of Vero Beach, FL passed away at home at the age of 82 on Thursday February 18, 2021. Diana was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 19, 1939 to Adelaide (Ann) Austin.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Barbara Markuski and son-in-law Andy Markuski; siblings, sister Sharon Sparks, and brother, Donald Lawrence.

Diane was blessed in life to have 20 nieces and nephews who she loved.

She was preceded in death by her dear husband Daniel Bonner; mother Ann Austin; sister Patricia Ashcraft, and brother Ronald Lawrence.

Diane and her husband spent most of their lives in Walled Lake, Michigan and then moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 1995. After retiring from Pontiac Motors, she and Daniel moved from the cold of Michigan to the sunshine of Florida. They were very involved in their local clubs over the years including The American Legion and Eagles. Diana was an avid sports fan who enjoyed football, basketball, racing and golf. She was also very social, loved to visit and laugh with friends. She and Dan loved to travel and visited most of the United States, they really enjoyed their annual trip to Las Vegas and visiting family in ElPaso, Texas. She had a great love of animals and was always adopting strays. Most recently her Basset Hound Henry and cat Buster-Bonner filled her heart.

She will be interned along with her husband at Riverside Cemetery in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan where she and Dan grew up, met, and married. She will spend eternity alongside her mom, grandmother, and uncle. A celebration of life will be held in Sault Saint Marie in July.

Her life-long charity was St. Jude’s, we welcome donations in her name.

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