John William Beecher
Hannah Rebecca Heiser
Michael "Mike" Cizek
Bessie Katherine Kopriva
Merrill Edgar Beecher
Albina Stella Cizek
Wesley Merrill Beecher


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1. Phyllis Wilma Ploen

Wesley Merrill Beecher 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: 13 Sep 1921, Dinsdale, Tama, IA 2 3
  • Marriage (1): Phyllis Wilma Ploen on 31 Dec 1941 in Lancaster, Schuyler, MO, USA 1
  • Died: 8 Sep 2006, Amarillo, Potter, TX at age 84 2 3
  • Buried: 10 Sep 2006, Garwin: Crystal Township Cemetery, Tama, IA, USA 2

   FamilySearch ID: L61R-PZP.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Occupation: Iowa State Game Warden.

2. Census in 1930 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 7 The 1930 census recorded Merrill Beecher, 39, living with wife Albina, 32; Wesley, 8; Claire, 7; and Richard, 2. Everyone was born in Iowa except Merrill in Pennsylvania.

3. Census in 1940 in Grant Twp., Tama, IA. 8 The 1940 census recorded Merrill E. Beecher, 49, living with wife Albina S., 42; Wesley M., truck driver, 18; Claire L., 17; and Richard, 12. Everyone was born in Iowa except Merrill in Pennsylvania.

4. Newspaper: The Courier: TRAER - Pvt. Wesley Beecher is spending an eight-day furlough visiting his wife here and his mother, Mrs. Merle Beecher, at Dinsdale, Ia. He is stationed at the Navy pier, Chicago, and is taking aviation machinist instruction., 28 Apr 1943, Waterloo, Black Hawk, IA, USA. 9

5. Census in 1950 in Traer, Tama, IA. 10 The 1950 census recorded Wesley M. Beecher, occupation running cafe, 28, living with wife Phylis W., 26, and son Richard, born in June 1949. Everyone was born in Iowa.
Next door is Phyllis' father August H. Ploen, engineer for town light plant, 56, widowed, living with his widowed mother, Alvena C. Ploen, 76, and a maid Darlene Chizek, 18. Everyone was born in Iowa.

6. Newspaper: The Courier: Wesely Beecher, who has been in partnership with Leonard Mix in the dairy and ice cream business in Traer, has sold his interest in the business to Edward Badger, Rochester, Minn., 26 Aug 1952, Waterloo, Black Hawk, IA, USA. 11

7. Newspaper: The Courier: Traer Men Purchase Store At Jefferson, 1 Feb 1953, Waterloo, Black Hawk, IA, USA. 12 TRAER MEN PURCHASE STORE AT JEFFERSON
TRAER -- Wesley and Richard Beecher, sons of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Beecher, Traer, have purchased a Western Auto Supply store in Jefferson, la., which they will operate in partnership. They will receive possession in the near future. Wesley Beecher formerly operated the Dairy Bar in Traer in partnership with Leonard Mix. In recent months he has been employed as a salesman for the Coast-to-Coast store here. Richard Beecher has been farming with his father-in-law south of Traer the past year.

8. Residence: on 26 Oct 1973 in Bellevue, Jackson, IA. 6

9. Obituary: Hachman Funeral Home: obituary of Wesley Beecher on 9 Sep 2006 in Bellevue, Jackson, IA. 13 Wesley Beecher, 84, of Amarillo, Texas, formerly Bellevue, passed away Friday, September 8th, 2006 at the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo.
Wesley was born September 13th, 1921 in Dinsdale, Iowa, son of the late Merrill E. and Alvina (Chizek) Beecher. He married Phyllis Ploen. She preceded him in death February 12th, 2005.
Wesley was an Iowa Conservation Officer for Jackson County from 1961 '96 1983 and retired after 27 years of service. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy and World War II.
He is survived by one daughter, Sharon Beecher of Hoschton, Georgia and one son, Richard (Terry) Beecher of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren and one great grandson; one brother, Richard (Mary) Beecher, Traer, Iowa.
Besides his wife, Phyllis and his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca and one brother.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 22nd, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue The Rev. Dr. Marsha M. Wilfong will officiate. Burial will be in the Crystal Township Cemetery in Tama County, Iowa.
Kingery Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.

10. Obituary: Amarillo Globe-News: obituary of Wesley M. "West" Beecher on 10 Sep 2006 in Amarillo, Potter, TX. 3 Wesley M. "Wes" Beecher, 84, of Amarillo died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006.

Memorial services will be in Bellevue, Iowa. Burial will be in Crystal Township Cemetery in Traer, Iowa. Local arrangements are by Cox-LaGrone Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Mr. Beecher was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Dinsdale, Iowa, and was raised there. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps in World War II, where he served in the aviation division. He married Phyllis Ploen in 1941 in Lancaster, Mo. She passed away in 2005.

He worked for the state of Iowa as a game warden for 27 years, until his retirement in 1983. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He moved to Amarillo in 2005 from Dubuque, Iowa. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion and had received his 50-year pin as a Mason. He was past master of Bellevue lodge No. 51 in Bellevue, and served as master of the lodge two different times. He was a longtime member of Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Beecher; a brother, Claire Beecher; a sister-in-law, Josephine Beecher; and a nephew, Tommy Beecher.

Survivors include a son, Rick Beecher and wife Terry of Amarillo; a daughter, Sharon Beecher of Hoschton, Ga.; a brother, Richard W. Beecher of Traer; four grandchildren, Nathan Israel, Tim Beecher and wife Jennifer, Jennifer "Jenny" Beecher and Larissa Roth; and a great-grandson, Trey Beecher

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at 7033 W. 42nd Ave.

Wesley married Phyllis Wilma Ploen, daughter of August Henry Ploen and Linda Katharine Bauer, on 31 Dec 1941 in Lancaster, Schuyler, MO, USA.1 (Phyllis Wilma Ploen was born on 23 Jan 1924 in Crystal Township, Tama, IA,14 15 died on 12 Feb 2005 in Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 3 14 16 and was buried in Garwin: Crystal Township Cemetery, Tama, IA, USA.)


1, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969, Wesley M Beecher m. 31 Dec 1941 Phyllis Ploen in Schuyler MO.

2 Find A Grave,

3 Amarillo Globe-News (Amarillo, Potter, Texas), 10 Sep 2006. Obituary of Wesley M. "Wes" Beecher.

4 Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA), 12 Oct 2003, obituary of Rebecca L. Beecher.

5 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 16 Dec 2018, obituary of Richard Wayne Beecher.

6 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 28 Oct 1973, page 7.

7 1930 United States Census, Albina Beacher in household of Merrill Beacher, Grant, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0010, sheet , family 103, NARA microfilm publication .

8 1940 United States Census, Albina S Beecher in household of Merrill E Beecher, Grant Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 86-10, sheet 8B, family 145.

9 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 28 Apr 1943, page 13.

10 "1950 United States Census," Wesley M Beecher Traer IA.

11 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 26 Aug 1952, page 7.

12 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 1 Feb 1953, page 19.

13 Hachmann Funeral Home (Bellevue, Jackson, Iowa.), Obituary for Wesley Beecher.

14 U.S. Social Security Death Index, ( null, 12 Feb 2005; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

15, Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935, Phylis Wilma Ploen, 1924.

16 Quad City Times (Davenport, IA), 14 Feb 2005, page 26 Obituary of Phyllis Beecher.

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