Allie B. Bailey
(1881-1956)
Mary Catherine Garber
(1895-1960)
Lydia Ann Bailey
(1928-1988)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Wayne Elvin Beecher

Lydia Ann Bailey 1 3 4

  • Born: 24 Apr 1928, Peru, Miami, IN 1 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Wayne Elvin Beecher on 1 Jun 1946 in , Miami, IN, USA 1 2
  • Died: 8 Jan 1988, Peru, Miami, IN at age 59 1 3 4 5
  • Buried: 14 Jan 1988, Peru: St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Miami, IN 3 4 5 6

   FamilySearch ID: L6LL-7D4.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1950 in Jefferson Twp., Miami, IN. 7 The 1950 census recorded on Tony Fisher Road: Wayne E. Beecher, farmer, 25, living with wife Lydia Ann, 21. They were born in Indiana.

2. Cause of Death: Murdered by son David Wayne Beecher., 8 Jan 1988, Peru, Miami, IN. 8

3. Cause of Death: gunshot wound to the right frontal lobe, with associated skull fractures, 8 Jan 1988, Peru, Miami, IN. 4

4. Residence: R. R. 3, Peru, IN on 8 Jan 1988 in Peru, Miami, IN. 4 9

5. Newspaper: Kokomo Tribune: David W. Beecher held in jail, 11 Jan 1988, Kokomo, Howard, IN. 10 PERU, Ind. - David W. Beecher, the 30-year-old son of a Miami County couple shot to death in their home Sunday, is being held in the Miami County Jail pending filing of charges in the deaths, Indiana State Police said today. Wayne E. Beecher 63, and Lydia Beecher, 59, were found late Sunday night shot to death in their home on Miami County Road 550 North, about 11 miles west [east] of U.S. 31. Indiana State Police said the couple had been dead several hours before police were summoned to the residence by David Beecher at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday. David Beecher, who lived with his parents, told police he returned to the residence and found the slain couple. Charges are expected to be filed within 72 hours by the Miami County prosecutor's office, police said. Police said the bodies were found inside the home. Autopsies were being performed today at Duke's Memorial Hospital, police said. Results were not available at Tribune deadline. Wayne Beecher was an employee at Chrysler Transmission Plant, Kokomo, police said. Arrangements are pending at Flowers-Leedy FunerafHome, Peru.

6. Newspaper: Logansport Pharos-Tribune, 12 Jan 1988, Logansport, Cass, IN. 8 PERU - A meeting was scheduled this afternoon in Peru to review evidence in the homicide deaths of a Miami County couple. David W. Beecher, 30, Rt. 3, Peru, is being held in the Miam County jail on a preliminary charge of two counts of murder in the deaths of his parents, Wayne Beecher, 63, and Lydia Beecher, 59. The Miami County prosecutor's office said a meeting of iaw enforcement officers involved in the investigation was scheduled for 4 p.m. today. The autopsy report also is expected to be completed today, according to the Miami County Coroner's office.

7. Obituary: Logansport Pharos-Tribune: Lyda. A. Beecher nee Bailey and Wayne E. Beecher on 12 Jan 1988 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 1 Lydia A. Beecher
PERU -- Services for Lydia A. Beecher, 59, Rt. 3, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru. She died Friday evening in her residence. She was born April 24, 1928, in Peru to Allie and Mary Garber Bailey. She was married June 1, 1946, to Wayne E. Beecher, who died Jan. 8,1988. She was a retired beautician and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are a son, David, Peru; two daughters, Gloria Dance, Fort Wayne, and Nancy Felix, Plymouth; two sisters, Mercides Ahlfield, Peru, and Elnora Marburger, Marham, 111.; and six grandchildren. The Rev. Martin Haeger will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Flowers-Leedy funeral home.

Wayne E. Beecher
PERU -- Services for Wayne E. Beecher, 63, Rt. 3, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru. He died Friday evening in his residence. He was born June 8, 1924, in Peru to Kenneth and Viola Beecher. He was married June 1, 1946, to Lydia A. Bailey, who died Jan. 8, 1988. He was an inspector for Chrysler Corp., Kokomo, and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Viola and Kenneth Nutt, Peru; a son, David, Peru; two daughters, Gloria Dance, Fort Wayne, and Nancy Felix, Plymouth; two brothers, Curtis Nutt, Peru, and William Beecher, Arlington, Va.; and six grandchildren. The Rev. Martin Haeger will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peru. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.

8. Newspaper: Kokomo Tribune: Charges to be filed in Peru murder case, 13 Jan 1988, Kokomo, Howard, IN. 11 PERU, Ind. - Miami County Prosecutor Wilbur Siders today said charges against a 30-year-old Peru man who is accused of killing his parents Sunday were being prepared this morning. Siders said he plans to file two counts of murder and one count of robbery against David W. Beecher. Beecher is being held in the Miami County Jail. Police said Wayne Beecher, 63, and his 59-year-old wife Lydia were killed Sunday in their home on Miami County Road 550 North, about 11 miles west [east] of U.S. 31. Wayne was employed at Chrysler Transmission Plant, Kokomo, police said. David Beecher, who lived with his parents, told officers he returned to the house Sunday and found the slain couple. Unofficial autopsy results indicated the causes of death were wounds from a .22-caliber weapon. Lydia had five or six wounds to the head and chest, and Wayne had four or five wounds to the head and chest. Siders urged anyone who knows the whereabouts of David Beecher during the weekend or had seen his high four-wheel drive truck to contact the Indiana State Police. People should contact Jim Harper at 473-6666.

9. Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune: Funeral of Wayne E. And Lydia A. Beecher, 13 Jan 1988, Logansport, Cass, IN. 6 BEECHER
PERU -- A combined service for Wayne E. and Lydia A. Beecher, Rt. 3, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Peru. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peru.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.

10. Newspaper: Kokomo Tribune: Sentencing is scheduled June 2 for David W. Beecher, 9 May 1988, Kokomo, Howard, IN. PERU, Ind. - Sentencing is scheduled June 2 for a Peru man who was found guilty Friday in the Jan. 8 shotgun murders of his parents. David W. Beecher, 31, Peru R.R. 3, faces up to 120 years in prison for killing his father, Wayne Beecher, 63, and his mother, Lydia, 59, in their Miami County home. A jury of seven women and five men found the younger Beecher guilty of his parents' murders late Friday after a week-long trial in the Miami Circuit Court of Judge Bruce C. Embrey. The jury acquitted Beecher on a robbery charge for allegedly taking his father's billfold after the slayings. Beecher, who had been in custody on a $225,000 bond since formal charges were filed against him Jan. 14, remains in the Miami County Jail awaiting sentencing. The elder Beecher had been employed at Chrysler Motors' Kokomo Transmission plant, according to authorities. The younger Beecher's trial began April 25 with jury selection, a process that continued into the next day. Testimony began April 27 and continued through last Wednesday, with jurors receiving the case the next afternoon.


Lydia married Wayne Elvin Beecher, son of Kenneth William Beecher and Viola Kathryn Plummer, on 1 Jun 1946 in , Miami, IN, USA.1 2 (Wayne Elvin Beecher was born on 8 Jun 1924 in Mexico, Miami, IN,9 12 13 14 died on 8 Jan 1988 in Peru, Miami, IN 9 12 14 and was buried on 14 Jan 1988 in Peru: St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Miami, IN 9 12 14.)


Sources


1 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 12 Jan 1988, page 2, obituaries of Lydia A. Beecher and Wayne E. Beecher.

2 Ancestry.com, Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1917-2005 (Indiana State Board of Health. Marriage Certificates, 1958–2005. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana.), Certificate 70-038625. Gloria Ann Beecher and James Allen Dance.

3 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15488509.

4 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 88-002364. Lydia A. Beecher. Father Allie Bailey. Mother Mary C. Garber. Informant Nancy Felix, daughter.

5 Billion Graves (http://www.BillionGraves.com), http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/LydiaABeecher/2458172.

6 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 13 Jan 1988, page 2.

7 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6XLC-Z2GP Wayne E Beecher Jefferson Twp Miami Co IN.

8 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (http://www.pharostribune.com/), 12 Jan 1988, page 1. Peru Deaths Still Probed.

9 Ancestry.com, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 88-002363 Wayne E. Beecher. Father Kenneth Beecher. Mother Viola Nutt. Informant Nancy Felix, daughter.

10 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 11 Jan 1988, page 1.

11 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 13 Jan 1988, page 2.

12 Billion Graves (http://www.BillionGraves.com), http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/WayneEBeecher/2458173.

13 Ancestry.com, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, Certificate 32918 Wayne Elvin Beecher father Kenneth Beecher mother Viola Kathryn Plummer.

14 Find A Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15488569.



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