Clinton Everett Beecher
Grace Hazel Condon
Merl L. Fetrow
Edna A. Roberts
Merrill Condon Beecher
Maxine Elizabeth Fetrow
Merrill Frederick Beecher


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1. Patricia Ann Spiess

Merrill Frederick Beecher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

  • Born: 25 Jan 1933, Logansport, Cass, IN 1 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Patricia Ann Spiess on 28 Jun 1953 1
  • Died: 18 Jul 2005, Valparaiso, Porter, IN at age 72 1 2 4
  • Buried: 21 Jul 2005, La Crosse: Oak Grove Cemetery, LaPorte, IN 1 2 4

   Another name for Merrill was Fred Beecher.8 9

   FamilySearch ID: L6QR-XRD.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Dewey Twp., LaPorte, IN. 10 The 1940 census recorded Merrill Beecker, farm laborer, 28, living with wife Maxine, 26; Merrill Francis, 7; and Sharon Kay, 2. Everyone was born in Indiana. In 1935 they were living in Cass County, Indiana.

2. Census in 1950 in Dewey Twp., LaPorte, IN. 11 The 1950 census recorded Merrill Beecher, farmer, 38, living with wife Maxine, 36; Frederick, 12; Sharon, 12; and son Laverne, 2. Everyone was born in Indiana.

3. Residence: on 13 Nov 1954 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 12

4. Residence: on 23 Jan 1978 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 13

5. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Beecher Family Meets for Reunion, 12 Aug 1981, Logansport, Cass, IN. 14 The Clinton E. and Grace H. Condon Beecher family reunion was held at Riverside Park recently.
Those attending from Logansport were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris, Fred Klepinger and family and Maxine Johnson and Randy.
Others attending were: Carr Beecher, president; Dorthann Beecher, secretary, of Denver, and granddaughters of Butte, Mont.; Rich Robbins and family, Denver; Maxine Beecher, Indianapolis; Laverne Beecher and family, Elwood; Fred Beecher and family and Terry Beecher and family, LaCrosse.
Also, Bruce Beecher and family, Eugene Beecher and family and Everett Beecher and family, Wanatah; John Doll and family, Mary Doll and Jackie Culver and John Jr., Union Mills; Randy Pickering and family, Valparaiso; Jim Morris and family, Bryan, Ohio; Frank Brown and family, Mr. and Mrs. Larkin Beecher and Sherry and Shirley, Rochester; and Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Grable, Twelve Mile.

6. Residence: on 19 Jun 1982 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 9

7. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Beecher Reunion, 22 Sep 1994, Logansport, Cass, IN. 8 Those attending the Beecher reunion, held June 28, at the home of Fred and Jean Klepinger, 715 Davis Road, were: Maxine and Randy Johnson, Harriett and Jack Morris, Fred, Jean, Jim and Eric Klepinger, all of Logansport; Esther Beecher, Elaine Shafer, Ken, Connie, Jacob and Amy Phillips, all of Royal Center; George Beecher, Donna and Tammy Antonides, all of Warsaw; W. V. and Rosemarie Beecher, Vincennes; Carr and Ann Beecher, Jane and Rich Robbins, all of Denver; Merrill and Jean Grable, and Larkin and Norma Jean Beecher, all of Twelve Mile; LaVern Beecher, Indianapolis; Fred and Pat Beecher, Russ, Julia, Terra and Cathilyn Domermuth and Jenna Beecher, all of LaCrosse; Helen Hull, Edwardsburg, Mich.; Bruce, Kathy, Olivia and Alan Beecher, all of Wanatah; and Stanley Beecher, Fort Wayne.

8. Residence: on 22 Sep 1994 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 8

9. Residence: on 20 Jul 1997 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 15

10. Occupation: operator county co-op on 1 Mar 2002 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 4

11. Residence: 214 East Main Street, La Crosse, IN 46348 on 1 Mar 2002 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN. 4

12. Cause of Death: Merrill died at Porter Valparaiso Hospital from pulmonary rerpanest, aspiration, cardiopulmonary arrest, 18 Jul 2005, Valparaiso, Porter, IN. 4

13. Obituary: The Times: obituary of Merrill F. Beecher on 19 Jul 2005 in Munster, Lake, IN. 1 LACROSSE - Merrill F. Beecher, 72, of LaCrosse, passed away Monday, July 18, 2005 at Porter Hospital, Valparaiso. He was born January 25, 1933 in Logansport to Merrill C. and E. Maxine (Fetrow) Beecher, graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He was a retired operator with the LaPorte County Coop and was a member of the LaCrosse United Methodist Church. On June 28, 1953 he married Patricia Spiess, who survives along with three children, Terry (Donna) Beecher of LaCrosse, Bruce (Kathy) Beecher of Wanatah and Julia (Russell) Dommermuth of LaCrosse; one sister, Sharon Doll of Union Mills; one brother, Lavem Beecher of Zionsville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at the LaCrosse United Methodist Church, Pastor Randy Schrock officiating with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, 4-8 PM at Kosanke Funeral Home, Kouts.

Merrill married Patricia Ann Spiess, daughter of Daniel Spiess and Dorothy Olive Marsh, on 28 Jun 1953.1 (Patricia Ann Spiess was born on 11 Feb 1935 in La Crosse, LaPorte, IN 2 16.)


1 "The Times (Munster, IN)," 19 Jul 2005, page 112. Obituary of Merrill F. Beecher.

2 Find A Grave,

3, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, Merrill Frederick Beecher. Father Merrill Beecher. Mother Maxine Fetrow.

4, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 026214. Merrill F. Beecher. Father Merrill C. Beecher. Mother E. Maxine Fertrow. Spouse Patricia Spiess, informant.

5, Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1917-2005 (Indiana State Board of Health. Marriage Certificates, 1958–2005. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.), Certificate 94-003081. Terry Lee Beecher and Donna Jean Boehlke.

6 "Vidette-Messenger of Porter County (Valparaiso, IN)," 20 Nov 1978, Loyd-Beecher Wedding.

7 "Vidette-Messenger of Porter County (Valparaiso, IN)," 23 May 1973, page 3. Campbell-Beecher Engagement.

8 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 22 Sep 1994, page 16. Beecher Reunion.

9 "Vidette-Messenger of Porter County (Valparaiso, IN)," 30 Jul 1982, page 6. Beecher-Dommermuth Wedding.

10 1940 United States Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Dewey, LaPorte, Indiana; Roll: T627_1070; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 46-46.

11 "1950 United States Census," Merrill Beecher Dewey Twp LaPorte IN.

12 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 15 Nov 1954, page 7. Obituary of Merrill C. Beecher.

13 "Vidette-Messenger of Porter County (Valparaiso, IN)," 23 Jan 1978, page 6. Loyd-Beecher Engagement.

14 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 12 Aug 1981, page 5.

15 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 20 Jul 1997, page 20. Beecher Family Reunion.

16, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, Certificate 6180 Patiricia Ann Spiess, father Daniel Spiess Jr., mother Dorothy Olive Marsh.

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