Mr. Beachler was born in Wabash on September 27, 1941, a son of the late Ernie and Flora E. (Renicker) Beachler, and spent his formative years in Laketon. He graduated from Laketon High School in 1959, was a graduate of Findlay College, and was an ordained pastor in the Church of God.
He spent his early years engaged in farming and also in carpentry, and lived in Iowa for a period. The owner and operator of Classic Wood Products in Columbia City, he later owned and operated Thor Trucking. Following his retirement in 2000, he and his wife started Garden Cottage Flowers & Produce at their residence north of Churubusco, and sustained that until closing this fall for the season.
A member of the Sugar Grove Church of God north of Churubusco, he was a skilled woodworker, and in his leisure time enjoyed fishing.
On September 26, 1992 he was married in Churubusco to Elizabeth “Liz” (Bayford) Krider. She survives.
Other surviving relatives include his children, Kirk (Kim) Beachler of Fort Wayne and Kathy (Jim) Hite of Garrett; his step-children, Wayne (Judy Johnson) Krider of Churubusco, Darlene (Don) Leon of Fort Wayne, Lisa (David) Waterman of Churubusco, Donna (Mike) Ellis of Edmund, OK, and Lynda (Eddie) Arnold of Columbia City; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Sugar Grove Church of God with Pastor Timothy Grable, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Friday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825; or Sugar Grove Church of God, 5019 E 500 S-57, Churubusco, IN 46723
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