James E. Beeler, 72

DEC. 6, 1939-MAY 22, 2012

May 24, 2012
  • Beeler

James Edward Beeler, age 72, of Hancock, Md., passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012, peacefully at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1939, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., he was the son of the late Henry Cyrus Beeler Sr. and Edith Viola Pritchard Beeler.

He served in the 167th West Virginia Air National Guard from 1964 through 1970, where he reached the rank of staff sergeant, served as an aircraft engine technician, and received a certificate of achievement in small arms marksmanship. He retired from employment at AT&T in 1990, moving to his final residence at 14507 Heavenly Acres Ridge.  Jim enjoyed spending his retirement working on his and his wife’s home and tending to their land. He was a member of the Hancock Lions Club, in which he was heavily involved, including holding the post of past president.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Dianne Beeler, whom he married Sept. 29, 1967; his sister, Eleanor Lea Batt of Berkeley Springs; and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his stepson, Kenneth Craig McReaken, in 1990; and his brother, Henry “Buck” Cyrus Beeler Jr., in 2000.

A service will be held Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home. The Rev. Duane Jensen will officiate. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Route 522 North, McConnellsburg, Pa.

The family will receive friends at Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown MD 21742, or to Wilmer Eye Institute, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore MD 21287.

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