Rev. Levi Wesley Ditch
Jennie Stimmel
Ethel Faye Ditch


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1. Kenneth William Beecher

2. Lawton Harley Steffey

Ethel Faye Ditch 2 3 4 5

  • Born: 17 Jun 1905, Goshen, Elkhart, IN 2 3 4 6
  • Marriage (1): Kenneth William Beecher on 31 Jul 1937 in Huntington, Huntington, IN
  • Marriage (2): Lawton Harley Steffey on 9 Jul 1923 in Mexico, Miami, IN 1
  • Died: 16 Dec 1978, Sarasota, Sarasota, FL at age 73 2 3 4 6
  • Buried: 19 Dec 1978, Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 2 3

   FamilySearch ID: KJJ6-77K.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. Census in 1940 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 7 The 1940 census recorded at 1518 North Bell Street: Kenneth Beecher, railway clerk, 37, living with wife Ethel, 34; nephew Irvin W., truck driver motor express co., 23, and niece Dorothy, 20, born in Ohio. Everyone else was born in Indiana. In 1935 Kenneth and Ethel were living in Mexico, Indiana; Irvin was in Indianapolis, and Dorothy was in Davis county, Indiana.

2. Census in 1950 in Kokomo, Howard, IN. 8 The 1950 census recorded at 313 W. Mulberry: Kenneth W. Beecher, clerk for railroad, 47, living with wife Ethel, 44, and son William, 9. Everyone was born in Indiana.

3. Obituary: Pharos-Tribune: Ethel Beecher Dies in Florida on 17 Dec 1978 in Logansport, Cass, IN. 4 Ethel F. Beecher, 73, Sarasota, Fla., former Miami County resident, died at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Sarasota. Born June 17, 1905, in Goshen, she was the daughter of the Rev. L.W. and Jennie Stimmel Ditch. She was married to Kenneth Beecher who died Jan. 19,1968. She was a member of the First Brethren Church, Sarascta. Surviving are one son, William Beecher, Monrovia, Md.; one stepson, Wayne Beecher, Rt. 3, Peru; one grandchild; three step-grandchildren; and five step, greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McCain Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles Patterson officiating. Burial will be at the Greenlawn Cemetery. Mexico. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m Monday. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contrib- utions to the First Brethren Church, Mexico.

Ethel married Kenneth William Beecher, son of William C. Beecher and Mary Alpha Etta Hoover, on 31 Jul 1937 in Huntington, Huntington, IN. (Kenneth William Beecher was born on 28 Jan 1903 in Mexico, Miami, IN,2 9 died on 19 Jan 1968 in Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 2 9 10 and was buried on 23 Jan 1968 in Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 2 9.)

Ethel next married Lawton Harley Steffey on 9 Jul 1923 in Mexico, Miami, IN.1 The marriage ended in divorce. (Lawton Harley Steffey was born on 3 Mar 1900 in Denver, Miami, IN,11 died on 7 Nov 1988 in Fort Wayne, Allen, IN 11 and was buried on 10 Nov 1988 in Mexico: Green Lawn Cemetery, Miami, IN 11.)


1 Denver Tribune (Denver, Indiana) (Denver, Miami, Indiana), 9 Jul 1923, marriage license for Lawton H. Steffey and Ethel Ditch.

2 Tombaugh, Wendell C. and Jean C., Miami County, Ind. Cemeteries, Vol. 2: Richland, Jefferson, Erie Townships (1988, Tombaugh House, 700 Pontiac Street, Rochester, Indiana, 46975
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4 Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) (, 17 Dec 1978, obituary of Ethel Beecher.

5, Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944, Certificate 52999. 2 Nov 1940. William Wesley Beecher. Father Kenneth William Beecher. Mother Ethel Faye Ditch.

6, Florida Death Index, 1877-1998, Ethel Faye Beecher ertificate number 97114, Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, Jacksonville.

7 1940 United States Census, Kenneth Beecher, Ward 1, Kokomo, Center Township, Howard, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 34-2, sheet 8B, family 151.

8 "1950 United States Census," Kenneth W Beecher Kokomo IN.

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10 Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), 21 Jan 1968, page 2. Obituary of Kenneth W. Beecher.

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