Edgar Andrew Beecher Sr.
Bessie Gale Long
Robert Harry Beecher
Ruth Fern Byrd
Dennis Lee Beecher


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1. Judith Ann Hostler

2. Barbara Nigro

Dennis Lee Beecher 2 4 5 6

  • Born: 25 Feb 1944, Altoona, Blair, PA 3 5 7
  • Marriage (1): Judith Ann Hostler on 31 Jul 1964 in Winchester, Winchester, VA, USA 1 2
  • Marriage (2): Barbara Nigro on 15 Mar 1975 in Altoona, Blair, PA 3
  • Died: 6 Jan 2022, Altoona, Blair, PA at age 77 5 8
  • Buried: 13 Jan 2022, Altoona: Cavalry Cemetery, Blair, PA 3 5

   FamilySearch ID: LF2L-Y2Y.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Occupation: railroad on 31 Jul 1964 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 1 2

2. Residence: 136 N. Hawthorne Dr., Altoona, PA on 31 Jul 1964 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 1 2

3. Residence: on 28 Dec 2001 in Martinsburg, Blair, PA. 6

4. Residence: on 6 Jan 2022 in Martinsburg, Blair, PA. 3

5. Residence: on 22 Jan 2003 in Martinsburg, Blair, PA. 1

6. Residence: on 28 Dec 2001 in Martinsburg, Blair, PA. 1

7. Obituary: Altoona Mirror: obituary of Dennis L. Beecher on 10 Jan 2022 in Altoona, Blair, PA. 3 Dennis L. Beecher, 77, Martinsburg, passed away Thursday at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Robert and Ruth Beecher. On March 15, 1975, he married Barbara Nigro in Altoona.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, Barbara, he is survived by a son, Dennis Scott Beecher and wife, Sandra, of Ebensburg; and two grandchildren, Brandon Steven and Hannah Margaret.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Beecher.

Dennis was a 1962 graduate of Bellwood High School. He spent his career with Conrail as a mechanical engineer, where he was awarded several patents for rail car design. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving as project engineer of Conrail's Track Geometry Car. He retired from the railroad in 1996 and continued work as a private consultant for several railroads and short lines. He was a member of numerous flying clubs including EAA Chapter 400, Sentimental Journey, and the Short Wing Piper Club. He previously served as a member of the advisory board for the Altoona Blair County Airport Authority.

Dennis enjoyed traveling in their airplane, working on antique cars and airplanes, scuba diving, woodworking and being outdoors. He was an avid pilot and loved to fly. His beloved 1962 short wing Piper Colt was awarded Reserve Grand Champion at the EAA International Fly In at Oshkosh, Wis.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. Friends will also be received from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at the funeral home, where a funeral service will immediately follow at noon. Interment will be made at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dennis's honor to the Central PA Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602, or the Bedford County Humane Society, 182 Bohn Road, Bedford, PA 15522.

Dennis married Judith Ann Hostler, daughter of Clarence M. Hostler and Thelma Grace Barclay, on 31 Jul 1964 in Winchester, Winchester, VA, USA.1 2 (Judith Ann Hostler was born on 7 Jan 1946 in Altoona, Blair, PA 1 2.)

Dennis next married Barbara Nigro, daughter of Eugene D. Nigro and Cecelia A. Montrella, on 15 Mar 1975 in Altoona, Blair, PA.3 (Barbara Nigro was born on 21 May 1950 in , , Pennsylvania, USA.)


1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "FamilySearch," database, FamilySearch (http://new.familysearch.org : accessed 1 Apr 2022), entry for Dennis Lee Beecher, person ID LF2L-Y2Y.

2 Ancestry.com, Virginia, U.S., Marriage Records, 1936-2014 (Original data: Virginia, Marriages, 1936-2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.), Certificate Number 1964021667, m. 31 Jul 1964 Winchester, Virginia Dennis L Beecher and Judith A Hostler.

3 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), 10 Jan 2022, obituary of Dennis L. Beecher https://www.altoonamirror.com/obituaries/2022/01/dennis-l-beecher-2/.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, U.S., Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, Robert H. Beecher.

5 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/235654588.

6 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), 30 Dec 2001, obituary of Steven Grant Beecher.

7 Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index (Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.), Volume 2.

8 Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA) (Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania), 8 Jan 2022, obituary of Dennis L. Beecher.

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