Kenneth Lee Beeler, 82 of Kirksville, Missouri, formerly of Lancaster, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
The son of Herbert Orville and Mary Pearl (Elschlager) Beeler, he was born on October 30, 1935 in rural Lancaster, Missouri. On May 28, 1954, Kenny was united in marriage to Marilyn Adams and to this union four children were born, Marcia, Kevin, Kurt and Lana. On February 8, 1996 in Laughlin, Nevada, Kenny was united in marriage to Lucille Margaret (Hurd) Branscomb.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy Beeler of Kirksville, Missouri; his children, Marcia Vanlaningham and husband, Bobby of Kirksville, Missouri, Kevin Beeler of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kurt Beeler and wife, Roberta of Lancaster, Missouri and Lana Ridgeway and husband, Jim of Kirksville, Missouri; two stepchildren, Donna McElroy of Kirksville, Missouri and Brian Branscomb and wife, Sissy of Jacksonville, Missouri; 17 grandchildren, Dustin, Cody and husband, Jared, Amanda, Kristen, Marissa, Tyler and wife, Whitney, Cecily, Chelsea, Natalee, Allison, Zane, Mandy and husband, Thomas, Hannah, Harley, Becca and husband, Darin, Kara and husband, Robert and Beth and husband, Chris; eight great grandchildren; Gage, Harper, Taryn, Allison, Lucas, Marshall, Caroline and Benjamin; one nephew, Jim Beeler and wife, Mary Ellen Beeler of Lancaster, Missouri; one niece, Trina Feuerborn of Blue Springs, Missouri; other family members and a host of many good friends.
Kenny is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marilyn on May 30, 1994; one grandson, Zachary Ridgeway; one brother, Forrest Junior Beeler; one nephew, David Eugene Beeler and one beloved cat, “Messo”.
Kenny enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict and received an honorable discharge. While he was in the United States Army, Kenny worked as a land surveyor.
Kenny was employed by Dial Printing where he did printing press work. He was located in the Quad Cities, Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska areas. He was later an owner of an auto parts store located in Unionville, Missouri, Princeton, Missouri and Lancaster, Missouri for a number of years.
Kenny loved his family, was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and was a hardworking man. His hobby was working on and restoring old cars not only for himself but for friends as well, one piece at a time!
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Sonny Smyser, Pastor of the Schuyler County Church of Faith officiating. Music was special CD selections of “One More Day”, “One Piece At A Time” and “When I Get Where I’m Going”. Visitation was held prior to the funeral services at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.
Pallbearers were Tim Welte, Thomas Bridgeman, Randy Whitlow, David Lamb, George Kethe and Steve Pearson. Honorary pallbearers were Rex Beeler and Edward Lanham.
Burial was in the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri with military rites being conducted by the Schuyler County American Legion Post 0784.
Memorials have been established for the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, Missouri.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com. Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.