Henry “Chip” Beers

Henry “Chip” Beers was born July 7, 1955 in Philadelphia and died peacefully on April 15, 2024 at Evelyn’s House – BJC Hospice. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two uncles, aunt, and brother-in-law, Charlie Kwentus. He is survived by his parents Henry and Jane Beers; siblings Kara Sisk, Jeffrey Beers, Ramsay Salisbury (Mick), and Courtney Beers; seven nieces/nephews; and four great nieces/nephews. He leaves behind too many friends to name here, most notably within his L’Arche St. Louis community.

Chip was a bright light in the lives of everyone he came in contact with, especially those he considered to be friends/family. He had a great sense of humor and a loud, hearty laugh that was contagious. He was good and kind, accepting and loving, and pure in heart and spirit. He emanated joy in life and will be missed immensely.

A service will be held May 3, 2024, 10:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to L’Arche St. Louis (www.larchestlouis.org) at 9445 Litzsinger Road, 63144.


  1. Maria Przada on April 25, 2024 at 11:16 am

    When I walk into Sunrise House I feel Chip’s presence & I know his zest for life & laughter will echo in our hearts always. My prayers are for the Beers family & the L’Arche community as they (we) continue the journey. May Chip’s joy sustain us.

  2. The Schneider Willis Family (Kim, David & Bridget) on April 25, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    Our daughter Bridget loved hanging out with Chip at L’Arche activities and visiting with him when she went to the office. His smile lit up the room and he was a bright light wherever he went. We are grateful that the L’Arche community was blessed by Chip’s presence. We loved reading Chip’s Chats! Sending prayers and sympathy to Chip’s family and the many, many friends who love and miss him.

  3. Alusi Milasi on April 26, 2024 at 5:05 am

    In 2022, I was very fortunate to join L’Arche community all the way from Africa and lived with Chip at Sunrise house. Chip was a guy who was always in a jovial mood and you could tell if he was present in the house because of his laughter. I remember walking him to a nearby coffee shop several times and we would sit down and chat. My sincere condolences to the Beers family in such a difficult time. He is the same Lord who gives and takes!!!💔💔

  4. Sharon Spurlock on April 26, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    Chip always made me feel important when we ran into each other. I’ll miss our sporadic meetings at L’Arche and dinner gatherings.
    My condolences to all who knew and love him.

  5. Daria Fitzgerald on April 26, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    Chip was one of the first people I met at L’Arche St Louis. His smile, his laugh, and his artwork will stay with me always.

  6. Cathie, Steve, and Shelley Albers on April 26, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    Chip lived the values of L’Arche- welcoming, accepting, inclusive, humorous . He had a gift of artistry and a warm smile making each person feel special and treasured. We are so very grateful to have known Chip. We will be praying for comfort for Chip’s family and the L’Arche community.

  7. Lois Bundschuh on April 27, 2024 at 6:46 am

    I met Chip during my first encounters with L’Arche at Sunrise House. His smile and laughter were always so welcoming. I had the privilege of taking Chip to his parent’s home one afternoon and met his mother. Our prayers are for Chip, his family, his L’Arche community and all his friends. Chip made the world a brighter, better place and will always be with us.

  8. Laura A Langhorst on April 27, 2024 at 11:25 am

    Chip… What a guy! He was so friendly and upbeat; he always had a hug too. I will miss his interviews. Chip is also my Uncle Jimmy’s housemate. They were good buddies and I am grateful for the wonderful pictures of them spending time together. He will be greatly missed by all. My prayers are with the Beers and L’Arche families.

  9. Sister Janet Ryan, OSF on May 2, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    Chip was a dear and kind soul who helped us establish a culture of welcome, hospitality and joy in our first L’Arche home! He was so humble you could barely compliment him before he deferred it. I remember once telling him he was handsome and he immediately responded, “No, no, no, I’m not handsome.” And I said, “Yes, you are!!” He said, “No. No.” Then he laughed and we laughed together.
    He cared about everyone- always asking how your sister, brother or aunt was! He was so welcoming! We were so blessed that Chip chose to live in L’Arche and to help found our L’Arche community! I am grateful to have shared life with him. Thank you, Chip! May you Rest In Peace! My love and prayers to Jane, Henry, Ramsay, Courtney, Jeff, Kara and all Chip’s family.

  10. Clare Fernandez on May 14, 2024 at 11:05 pm

    My condolences to the Beers family. I knew Chip because he came into our doctor’s office for many years with his buddy, Jimmy. I always was happy to see Chip’s name on the schedule because I knew I was going to see his wonderful smile and hear his infectious laugh! I can’t tell you how sad I was to hear of his passing. My tears will stop but I will never forget how special Chip was. Many prayers for your family’s loss.

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