October 9, 2003

(11/29/1918 - 9/30/2003)

ESTELLE BEELER Estelle Leon Beeler, 84, of Lancaster, MO, passed away September 30, 2003, at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

The son of Edward Lee and Nora Odessa (Groseclose) Beeler, Estelle was born on November 29, 1918, in rural Lancaster, MO.

On March 1, 1939, in Kirksville, MO, he was united in marriage to Selena Ruth Elschlager and to this union two children were adopted, Timothy Leon and Margaret Ann.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruth Beeler of Lancaster, MO; one son, Timothy Leon Beeler out of the area and one daughter, Margaret Ann Scurlock and husband, Jerry of Bloomfield, IA; two grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn and John Edward Scurlock of Bloomfield, IA; one nephew, Kenneth L. Gillispie and wife, Margaret of Mt. Pleasant, IA; three nieces, Berna Diane Easter of Shreveport, LA, Hilma Miller and husband, Donnie of Marceline, MO, and Nora Lou Toney and husband, Kenny of Glenwood, MO, and several great-nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and neighbors.

Estelle was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Raymond Beeler; two sisters, Edna Gillispie and Phoebe Goosey.

Estelle Beeler was a farmer for several years before retiring and moving to Lancaster, MO in 1978. He served as a county commissioner for Schuyler County from January 1, 1979 to December 31, 1984.

He was baptized at the Downing Baptist Church in Downing, MO, but later moved his membership to the Lancaster Baptist Church where he attended regularly while his health permitted.

Estelle was a resident of the Schuyler County Nursing Home in Queen City, MO, for the past four months.

Estelle was a man who will be remembered for his love of nature, hunting, fishing, animals, and especially dogs.

Funeral services were held October 3, 2003, at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, MO, with Robert Cherry, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church, assisted by Robert Beeler officiating. Music was provided by organist Maureen Watkins and soloist George Bradburn. Pallbearers were Junior Blessing, Don Scurlock, Kenny Toney, Charles Comstock, Kenny Beeler, and John Scurlock. Honorary pallbearers were Max Kelsey, Vaughn Ayer, Eddie Harris and Kenneth Kelso. Memorials have been established for the Downing City Cemetery in Downing, MO. Burial was in the Downing City Cemetery in Downing, MO. Norman Funeral Home, Lancaster, MO was in charge of arrangements.

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