William Crawford Beeler

William Crawford Beeler died April 21, 2003, at his home in Harrison, Ariz. He was 70.

Beeler was born April 7, 1933, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the son of Homer W. and Margaret C. Beeler, former ranchers of Savery, Wyo.

Beeler had been a resident of Harrison for four years and a prior resident of Columbia, Mo.

He graduated from Savery High School in 1951 and attended Southwestern SDA College at Keene, Texas, in 1952. He was in the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1955 to 1961. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers knew him mostly as "Bill" and he worked under the union as a journeyman electrician. He enjoyed fishing, history, computers and surfing the Web. He was an avid reader and was very interested in Native American religion.

Beeler is survived by his wife, Rita Carrington Beeler; stepsons Joshua and Paul Bryant; sister, Dorothy Thomas, of Savery; niece, Margaret Dickson, of Colstrip, Mont.; nephew, John E. Thomas, of Savery, Wyo.; and 17 grand nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two great nephews, Michael Dickson of Pennsylvania and Jacob Thomas, of Savery, Wyo.

Private graveside services are pending. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

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