Mr. Jeffrey Allan Bevis

July 24, 1958 - February 21, 2018

    Jeffrey “Jeff” Allan Bevis, age 59, of Bloomington, Indiana formerly of Muskegon, Michigan born on July 24th, 1958 in Cheboygan, Michigan died unexpectedly of a heart attack on February 21st, 2018. He was the eldest son of the late Frederick B. and Lorraine C. Bevis. He graduated from Allendale Public High School in 1976 and earned his Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983.  After serving in the US Army for 3 years he was employed by Amway Corporation for 15 years.  While at Amway he played a key role in the development of safety protocols for their manufacturing facilities in India and China.  On his travels he developed quite a taste for the local cuisine and was fond of quoting simple phrases in Chinese.  Jeff met and married Linda Danes (Gowell), the love of his life, in 1988.  He was a devoted husband and father to Linda and her two children, Michael and Traci.  Linda passed away in May of 2007 and his mother Lorraine passed away in August of 2009, two tragedies in Jeff’s life from which he never fully recovered.

   In October of 2009 Jeff moved to Hanover, IN and spent several months with his brother Ken and his family.  He moved to Bloomington, IN in March of 2010 where he lived for the remainder of his life.  Jeff never returned to chemical engineering and during this time he held numerous jobs and returned to school at Ivy Tech to earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice.  His favorite occupations of which he talked about all the time were a teaching position at Ivy Tech and a Lab Technician at the IU Drosophila Stock Center, “The Fly Factory”.  Jeff easily made friends with his co-workers and they truly enjoyed his company.  His curiosity and enthusiasm were contagious.  Jeff enjoyed developing and teaching his courses in industrial safety and computer science.  He was meticulous, conscientious and helpful.  Jeff had many friends in Bloomington and actively participated in his church activities and volunteered at the local food bank and community garden.

   Jeff’s brother Ken and his wife Sharon and their twin boys Isaac and Owen have many fond memories of Saturdays and the occasional holiday spent in Bloomington going out to lunch, playing board games at one of the local coffee shops and or library, shopping on the square, and during the summer months enjoying the farmers market.  Uncle Jeff had a library card that he would let Isaac and Owen use to borrow many a book from the Monroe County Library.  This past summer Jeff, Ken, and his father Fred, traveled to Jackson, WY where they met up with their brother Richard for two weeks in the Tetons and Yellowstone.  This was the first time in many years that all three brothers and their father were together.

   Although distant in miles, Jeff was close in spirit to his siblings, all shared a love of nature instilled at an early age by both parents and their annual pilgrimages to the Rocky Mountains.  Richard is most grateful for the time he spent with him in Wyoming this past summer and his fondest memory of Jeff is as “The Thinker” as he pondered life perched on a bolder in a stream in the Beartooths.

    Dear Jeff:  son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend, you were all these things and so much more.  You will be sorely missed by those who knew you.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine, his infant sister, Cynthia, his wife, Linda, and his father, Fred.

   Jeff is survived by his two brothers; Richard Bevis and his wife Michelle of Denver, CO; Kenneth Bevis and his wife Sharon and their two children Isaac and Owen of Hanover, IN; his sister Kerri Zeinstra and her husband Karl and their two children Kallie and Kristina of Zeeland, MI; and Linda’s children Michael Danes and Traci Woods, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.


Jeff had requested to be cremated and his ashes placed at his wife’s side in Michigan.  A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 2-4 pm at Arlington United Methodist Church, 1820 W. Arlington Road, Bloomington IN.  Donations can be made to Amethyst House, PO Box 11, Bloomington, IN 47402, in memory of Jeff Bevis.

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    Jeff was a wonderful friend of ours.  He spent time in our home, and our family loved him.  He was loved in our church, and Jeff attended my husband’s class.  We miss Jeff immensely, and we believe we will meet Jeff in Heaven because he shared that God had saved him.  We are praying for his family and friends.

    Pam and Steve Deckard