Wednesday, November 25, 2009


South Amherst – Firefighters from around Lorain County came together Wednesday morning to pay their final respects to one of their own – Captain Kenneth R. Beran of the South Amherst Fire Department.

Captain Beran passed away Sunday at the Cleveland Clinic after a two year battle with Amyloid and Multiple Myeloma.

Beran was born October 23, 1956 in Oberlin and was a lifelong resident of South Amherst. He graduated from South Amherst High School in 1975. Beran graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in 1980 with a Bachelors degree in Arts and Education.

Along with being very involved in his Church and community, Beran served 35 years as a member of the South Amherst Fire Department where he was active as a training Officer. He was a Past President of the South Amherst Fireman’s Association, a member of the Lorain County HAZMAT Team, a member and the treasurer of the Lorain County Association of Fire Investigators, a member of the Lorain County USR Team, a member of the Ford Emergency Rescue Team and a member of the Ohio State Fire Fighters Association. While not at the Fire Station, Beran enjoyed playing in a traveling softball team which he did for many years. He also enjoyed watching his children play sports and enjoyed attending their church activities.

Survivors include his wife of sixteen years Laurie J. Beran (nee: Lalonde); his son Nate Beran and his daughter Jessica Beran both of South Amherst; his mother Nancy Beran (nee: Palmer) of South Amherst; his brothers Richard Beran and his wife Jane of La Grange, Kentucky; Thomas Beran of South Amherst; his nieces Rachel Collier and her husband Mike of South Amherst; Rebekah Beran of La Grange, Kentucky; Jennifer and Katherine Langevin of Poolesville, Maryland; his nephews Richard Beran Jr. and his wife Josette of Avon, Simon Corrigan of Atlanta, Georgia and Tucker Corrigan of Michigan and two great nieces and one great nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father Ray Beran.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Amherst Fifth Third Bank to the Nate and Jessica Beran Education Fund.

Photos by: BRIAN WOODS


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