BEVAN GEORGE SCHRAWBevan George Schraw, 58, of Duluth, died on Jan. 10, 2014, in Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, peacefully ending his four year fight with cancer.
Bevan George Schraw, 58, of Duluth, died on Jan. 10, 2014, in Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, peacefully ending his four year fight with cancer.
Bevan was born in Park Rapids, Minn., on Jan. 29, 1955, to George and Esther Schraw. He spent his younger years on the Iron Range of Minnesota, and graduated from Mesabi East High School in 1973. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1977, with a degree in business administration. He spent most of his work life doing collections, retiring in 2012, from Northern Collections Inc. in Cloquet.
Bevan considered the blessing of his life to be all of his "girls." On Oct. 23, 1982, he married a widow and gained more family than traditionally comes with marriage. He found himself with a beloved wife, Debbie Joy, and daughter, Lydia Marie, and two new sets of in-laws. He greatly appreciated the chance to add to his Schraw side of the family both the Erickson and Soukup sides. As Bevan and Debbie's life grew together, so did their family. Elizabeth Joy was born on Oct. 29, 1985, followed by Melody Marie on Dec. 8, 1988.
Bevan valued his role as a father and invested his time in the ECFE, the PTA, the Boys and Girls Club, the Duluth School Board, as well as various other PACs and organizations dedicated to the betterment of education. He also invested time in aid to families with a loved one struggling with mental health issues. Additionally, as a very civic minded man, Bevan carved out time to work on many projects for the improvement of the Lincoln Park Community and Duluth at large.
In the recent years Bevan's family grew in size and love when his youngest, Melody, married Joshua Roger Maleski. Their union blessed Bevan with a granddaughter, Hallie Elizabeth, and grandson, Oliver Bevan. These two young lives have brought so much joy to his heart and so many smiles to their "Bumpa's" face.
Bevan was also so grateful for the tremendous wealth he felt of quality friendships. "The number [of friends] and the character quality, have meant so much to me in my life and my spirituality." For their part, Bevan's friends considered him "the softest, most gentle hearted man they knew."
Bevan's relationship with the God of Heaven guided his heart through his life. He strove daily to follow closely the example and teachings of Christ.
Bevan was preceded in death by Adam and Eve; subsequent generations; his parents, George and Esther Schraw; and his brother, Dean Martin.
Bevan is survived by his wife, Debbie Schraw of Duluth; his daughters, Lydia Soukup, Libby Schraw, Melody (Josh) Maleski, all of Duluth; his grandchildren, Hallie and Oliver Maleski; his sister-in-law, Glenice Schraw of Shreveport, La.; his sisters, Donna (Dennis) Beyer of Rochester, Minn., and Elaine (Bud) Peters of Allegany, N.Y.; brother Duane (Iris) Schraw of Esko; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. today in Sunrise Funeral Home and continues from 2 until the 3 p.m. funeral service Monday. Burial will be at Parkhill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence see www.sunrisefuneralhomeandcemetery.com.