John Avery Beehler
John Avery Beehler went to his Heavenly Home on August 3, 2014. John was born September 3, 1926 to Roy E. and Eugenia O. (Hall) Beehler.
He joined the navy in 1943 at 16 ½ years old, and is a WWII Navy Veteran. After serving he returned to high school, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1948. That same year John married Mary Sorenson and to that union 7 children were born. In 1975 he married Mickey Alexander and her five children added to his seven became a recipe for a lot of good times for the two of them.
John’s first job was at Fort Meade. He then worked two years at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead. After a short stay in Newcastle to work in the oilfield he went to Edgemont to work for his mother Jeannie and her husband Roy Chord mining uranium. In 1955, he helped make the movie, “Long Day at Discovery Rock” where he had a bit part but was a useful hand helping to do stunts and special effects. The movie played in Edgemont at the Atomic Theatre. In 1956 John became employed with the C.B. & Q. Railroad while continuing to mine uranium. He retired in 1991 from the Burlington Northern Railroad after 37 years of service. John was a Webelo Scout Leader, an avid rock hunter, a member of the Cody, WY V.F.W, a wood-worker but most of all John was a sports fan extraordinaire to his children and grandchildren, following every game that he could.
John is survived by his loving, constant companion and best friend Mickey, their children: Janet (Alvin) Denny, Dale (Yoni) Beehler, Jonilee (Fred) Weibert, Michael (Chris) Beehler, Jill (William) Kreutzer, Jeff (LeeAnn) Beehler, Scott (Kathy) Beehler, Clifford Alexander, Donald Alexander, James (Suzanne) Alexander, Bill Alexander and Patricia Alexander. Grandpa John will be greatly missed by his wife Mickey, their 12 mutual children, their 32 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren, his sister Clara Graves from La Mesa, California and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roy Beehler and Eugenia Chord, his brothers Everett and Harold and his sister Iris Komes, his son-in-law Alvin Denny, one grand-daughter and one grand-son Justin (Stover) Beehler.
Memorial services were 11:00 am Monday August 11, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery Sturgis.
Condolences may be sent to the family at kinkadefunerals.com.