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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Friday June 20th, 2014

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Allen  Beecher

Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Organist ~ Jan Kocer
Soloist ~ Ron Suess
“Because He Lives”
Soloist ~ Amelia Matthaei
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”
Congregational Hymns
“Beyond the Sunset”
“Amazing Grace”
Allen’s Granddaughters
Aaron Matthaei
Jeff Vanorny
Jeremy Vanorny
Paul Barendt
David Barendt
Benjamin Seely
Bradley Seely
Allen Ward Beecher was born on Wednesday, March 23, 1921 in Ipswich, South Dakota to Ira and Marguerite (Gunn) Beecher.  After graduating from Scotland High School in 1939, Allen attended two winter sessions of Agricultural school before he enlisted in the Army.  After serving his country, Allen returned home and began farming.  In 1946, he married Pearl Gibbon in Vermillion.  Pearl and Allen were blessed with seven children.  He continued to farm until 1970. From 1970 until his retirement in 1984, Allen worked at the Scotland Cheese Plant.  In 1988, Allen was married to Mary Lou Tyner in Scotland.
Allen loved to drive through the countryside checking on how the farmers were doing.  He enjoyed reading, walking, and traveling and wintered in Texas for a few years.  Allen was lifelong member of the Presbyterian church serving as trustee, elder, Sunday school teacher and superintendent and held several offices in the local and district Presbyterian Mariners Club.  He was also a proud member of the Scotland VFW, Historical (museum) Society, and Cass Rural School Board.  Allen also served his community by volunteering as a driver for Meals and Wheel and for local individuals who needed transportation to doctor appointments.
Allen is survived by his wife Mary Lou; seven children: Carol (Don) Matthaei of Emery, James (Kiew) Beecher of Yankton; Janice (Mike) Barendt of Morris, Il, Ray (Kathy) Beecher of Scotland, Shirley (Ken) Seely of Sioux City, IA, Beverly Norris of Sherman, TX, and Joy (Verlyn) Vanorny of Lesterville;  twelve grandchildren: Amanda Matthaei, Melissa (Mike) Peterson, Aaron Matthaei, Jeff (Sarah) Vanorny, Paul Barendt, David Barendt, Jeremy (Stacey) Vanorny, Amelia Matthaei, Benjamin Seely, Bradley (Alicia) Seely, Amy Vanorny, and Angeline Nicole Norris; nine great-grandchildren; two step-children: Bob (Alice) Taylor in Van Alstyne, TX, Sandra (Pat) Gaydusek of LaVista, NE; three  step-granddaughters: Jenny (Chris) Mawson, Angela (Jason) Langenfelds, and Sara (Ben) Barada; and sister Hazel Vesely of Scotland.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Marguerite, his first wife Pearl, step-granddaughter Kelly Taylor and two brothers: Chester and Warren Beecher.

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I offer my sincere condolences to the Beecher family on the loss of such a wonderful Christian man. I remember Allen as a strong and active member of the Presbyterian Church as I was growing up in Scotland. Your folks were so kind to our family after our dad passed away when we were so young. Their good deeds will be rewarded in heaven. May God bring you comfort . Jane Rokusek

Jane (Orth) Rokusek Jun 25 2014 1:22 PM

My condolences to the family at this very difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort from God's word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4.

L Gray Jun 25 2014 11:44 AM

Beecher and Kathy, I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Allen. Thinking of you both and of your mom. Jodi

Jodi Roberson Jun 23 2014 10:23 AM

Jim; we wish you the best and have you and your family in our prayers. we are sorry for your loss. Russ and Cathy Larson

russ larson Jun 20 2014 8:28 AM

Our condolences and prayers. My parents were blessed to have great neighbors including Allen.

Craig and Dorene Winckler Jun 20 2014 8:20 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of the Beecher family at this time of loss.----Ferne&Marvin Baltzer, Scotland

Ferne&Marvin Baltzer Jun 19 2014 12:58 PM