Jacob H. Beecher
Josephine E. Dawson
Benjamin Franklin Beecher
Nettie Salome Stevens
James Rodney Beecher


Family Links

1. Rita Nadine Di Crocco
2. Norma Jean Shank

3. Carol A. Shea

James Rodney Beecher 1 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 13 Jan 1935, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 5
  • Marriage (1): Rita Nadine Di Crocco on 10 Nov 1956 in , Lancaster, PA 1
  • Marriage (2): Norma Jean Shank on 25 Jun 1966 in , Lancaster, PA 2
  • Marriage (3): Carol A. Shea on 25 May 1974 in , Lancaster, PA 3
  • Died: 4 Oct 2006, York, York, PA at age 71 5
  • Buried: Marietta: Marietta Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 7

   FamilySearch ID: LD7D-J57.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Newspaper: Lancaster New Era: Insurance Agent Jailed 1 1/2 - 3 Years, 21 Sep 1971, Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 8 -----
James Beecher Pleads Guilty to Converting $40,000 for Own Use
(mugshot photo of James R. Beecher)
James R. Beecher, 36, of 202 Princess Ave., a local insurance agent accused of defrauding two county couples of more than $40,000, was sentenced to a 1 1/2-to-3-year term in the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill today in criminal court. Beecher, who was represented by defense attorney Michael Perezous, pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraudulent conversion and two counts of cheating by fraudulent pretense. His sentence was imposed by Judge Joseph B. Wissler. Perezous explained to the court that Beecher took the money obtained from the county couples and invested it in things "that didnt , pan out."
"He realizes that there is no excuse for this, but he is taking a big, long step by recognizing his fault' and pleading guilty," said Perezous, who asked the court to take into consideration the fact 1 that Beecher had a clean record up to this point.
Victims involved in the dealings were Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Reinhart of Refton and Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Collins, Bird-in-Hand Rl. The charges spanned a seven-year period, from February, 1964 January, 1971. The complaints against Beecher stated that the Reinharts gave him checks totaling approximately $15,000 to invest in Beecher Associates in behalf of the Reinharts. Instead, Beecher fraudulently converted and applied the amount to his own use, the complaint alleged.
GIVEN $18,000
Collins allegedly gave Beecher approximately $18,000 during the period for the purpose of paying insurance premiums to the Philadelphia Life Insurance Co., Ill N: Broad St., Philadelphia. This money was converted to Beecher's own use, the complaint said. The Collinses also were the victims in connection with the charges of cheating by fraudulent pretense brought against Beecher. About $9,000 was involved. County Detective Charles Simmons, who brought the charges, said it involved stock that never existed.
Beecher reportedly had been selling insurance in the Lancaster area for more than 10 years and was twice cited by the Philadelphia Life Insurance Co. for his sales work.
In 1963 he became a member of the Plico Millionaires Club of the Philadelphia company after passing one million dollars in life insurance sales during 1963. In June of 1969 he was honored by Philadelphia Life for having produced one of the largest volumes of new business and second highest amount of premium income during a six-week national campaign. For these achievements he received awards during a banquet in Philadelphia.

2. Obituary: Lancaster Intelligencer on 7 Oct 2006 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. 5 James R. Jim Beecher, 71, entered into rest Wednesday, October 4, 2006. He was the loving husband of Carol A. (Shea) Beecher, to whom he was married for 32 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his beloved son, Shayne W. Beecher and his wife Anne (Grove) Beecher, of York, a grandson, Max W. Beecher, of York, and a brother, Donald Beecher of Paradise. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Melvin and Gerald Beecher, and a sister, Betty S. Wise.

Born January 13, 1935 in Lancaster. He was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Nettie (Stevens) Beecher.

A graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Class of 1952.

His most recent endeavors through Ad Associates, Inc. of Shrewsbury, allowed him to continue his advertising and business promotional services at numerous restaurant locations in York and surrounding counties.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2006 at Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc. 1551 Kenneth Road in York. A Memorial Service will immediately follow with Ellen Good, Chaplain of York V.N.A. Hospice, officiating. Burial will be in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Lancaster County Honor Guard for his service in the United States Navy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: VNA Hospice of York, 218 E. Market St, York, PA 17403; Jewish Family Services of York, (JFS), 2000 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403; American Lung Association of PA, 1560 W. Market St. York, PA 17404; or to the American Cancer Society, 924-N Colonial Ave. York, PA 17403.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/local/518835_James-R---Jim--Beecher.html#ixzz27o6vCzbx.

James married Rita Nadine Di Crocco on 10 Nov 1956 in , Lancaster, PA.1 (Rita Nadine Di Crocco was born about 1937 in East Lampeter Twp., Lancaster, PA.)

James next married Norma Jean Shank on 25 Jun 1966 in , Lancaster, PA.2 (Norma Jean Shank was born on 15 Apr 1931 in Rheems, Lancaster, PA, USA,6 9 died on 2 Dec 1972 in Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 6 9 and was buried on 7 Dec 1972 in Marietta: Marietta Cemetery, Lancaster, PA 9.)

James next married Carol A. Shea on 25 May 1974 in , Lancaster, PA.3


1 Lancaster Register of Wills and Marriages (Lancaster, PA) (http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/897/Search-Probate-Records), File 19564917 James Rodney Beecher and Rita Nadine Dicrocco 10 Nov 1956.

2 Lancaster Register of Wills and Marriages (Lancaster, PA) (http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/897/Search-Probate-Records), File 19667278 James Rodney Beecher and Norma Jean Good 25 Jun 1966.

3 Lancaster Register of Wills and Marriages (Lancaster, PA) (http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/897/Search-Probate-Records), File 19740300 James R. Beecher and Carol Shea, 25 May 1974.

4 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Newspaper (Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA), 5 Dec 2005.

5 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Newspaper (Lancaster, Lancaster County, PA), 7 Oct 2006, Obituary of James R. Beecher.

6 Elizabethtown Chronicle (Elizabethtown, PA), 7 Dec 1972, page 4. Obituary of Mrs. James R. Beecher.

7 Billion Graves Index, http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/JamesRBeecher/1319751.

8 Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, PA), 21 Sep 1971, page 1.

9 Billion Graves Index, http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/JohnSBeacher/2600361.

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