by Steve Peterson
“If the doctor gives the OK on Tuesday (April 30), I’ll be on the boat on Wednesday (May 1),” said Joby Beavers of Akron.
Beavers is a member of Big Sioux Catfish Association and is an avid fishermen in the area. His love of the sport was derailed, but not his planning for this season, when he was involved in an accident on Jan. 18 at 482nd Avenue south of Jefferson, S.D. Beavers, 35, suffered a broken neck.
“It’s awesome; we live in a great community. We’re getting a lot of support from friends and family as well as strangers,” said Joby’s wife, Jennifer, of the community support shown at a benefit for the Beavers family April 28 at St. Patrick’s Fellowship Hall.
“He has not stopped talking about going back on the boat,” said Jennifer of her husband’s fishing interest.
Joby works as a welder at Link Manufacturing in Sioux Center and many co-workers came to the Sunday fund-raiser. He has not started physical therapy yet so he does not know when he will be able to return to work.
Joby is the son of Brad and Connie Beavers of Jefferson, and graduated from Dakota Valley High School in 1995. His dad owns and operates Dakota Mechanical in Jefferson and raises buffalo near Fairfax, S.D. His mother is employed at West Shore Acres Greenhouse in McCook Lake, S.D. His wife, Jennifer, is a 1998 Akron-Westfield High School graduate and daughter of Butch and Debbie Anderson of Akron.
Joby and Jennifer have two children, Ean, age 13 and Ryenn, age 8. On Sunday, a meal was served, a silent auction held as well as a bake sale and a freewill offering collected. The family was pleased with the steady turnout for three hours on a summer-like afternoon.