Earl Manley Beeler - October 24, 2012
Earl Manley Beeler, 92, of Holdrege, Neb. (formerly of rural Oxford, Neb.) passed away on Wednesday, Oct.24, 2012 at the Christian Homes Care Community at Holdrege.
Earl was born Sept. 30, 1920 on a farm north of Beaver City in Furnas County, Neb., the third of eight children born to Clark O. and Lucy (Manley) Beeler.
He attended grade school at several country schools in Phelps and Harlan Counties and then graduated from Beaver City High School with the class of 1938. Following his education, Earl moved to California. On April 13, 1942 he was inducted into the United States Army, serving his country during WW II in Europe and Africa until his honorable discharge on Nov. 29, 1945.
Earl returned home to Nebraska following his service to his country and on April 20, 1947 he was united in marriage to Elsie “Dorothy” Stevens at Grant, Neb. The couple resided at Grant and Oral, S.D. prior to settling on the farm west of Oxford, Neb. Later in years they made their home at Christian Homes Care Community at Holdrege until their passing.
Earl engaged in farming and ranching in the rural Oxford area. His true passion was being a cattleman; he truly farmed on the side to have feed for his cattle. On Aug. 18, 2007 he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy.
He thoroughly enjoyed attending high school sporting events and for many years he volunteered on the “chain gang” at the Oxford High School Football games. He was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, where he sang in the church choir for many years. Earl also served on the Furnas County Fair Board, and remained active with the Furnas County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair for many years. He was a 4-H leader, and enjoyed watching young people show livestock in both 4-H and FFA.
Besides his wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Eldon Beeler at a young age; two sisters: Leta Beth and her husband Wendel Howard and Metta and her husband John Theobald; brothers-in-law: Harvey Dahlgren, Basil Costerison, Jack Dixon, Kenneth Stevens, Harold Stevens and Glen Stevens and his wife, Freida.
Earl leaves to mourn his passing his daughters: Dotty Jo and her husband, Lyle Patterson of Holdrege, and Peggy and her husband, Jim Ouellette of rural Oxford; son, Rex Beeler of Kearney, Neb.; four grandsons: Saun and his wife, Sheila Patterson of Holdrege, Shane and his wife, Elizabeth Patterson of Bertrand, Neb., Quinton and his wife, Shannon Gorsuch of McPherson, Kan., and Quincy Gorsuch of Holdrege; 10 great-grandchildren: Morgan, Taylor, Taryn, and Megan Patterson, Amanda, Karley, Landon and Caleb Patterson, Macy and Zander Gorsuch; three sisters: Donna and her husband, Paul Eveland of Ames, Neb., Lillie Ann Dahlgren of Holdrege, and Betty and her husband, Dave Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; and one brother, Kenneth Beeler and his wife, Mary Ann of San Diego; sister-in-law, Virginia Stevens of Denver and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service for Earl M. Beeler was held at the United Methodist Church in Oxford on Oct. 29, 2012 with Reverend Eldon Fablinger and Pastor Keith Theobold officiating.
Interment was in the Union Cemetery near Hollinger, Neb. with Military Honors provided by the Oxford American Legion Post #219 in conjunction with the United States Army National Guard Military Honors Team.
A memorial has been established in his memory and will be designated at a later date.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.