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Bud Beecher


Edgar “Bud” Dean Beecher, 73, passed away at his home in Yates Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
Bud was born Sept. 17, 1939, the son of Edgar A. and Clara (Bode) Beecher in El Reno, Olka. Bud grew up in Okarche, Okla., attending Okarche Schools and eventually graduating from Okarche High School. During high school Bud began farming with his father. After Bud graduated from high school he then entered the U.S. Navy which he served for three years. Shortly after his time in the Navy Bud met Karen (Pate) in Oklahoma and after three months of being together they were married Feb. 2, 1962, in Oklahoma City, Okla. The couple spent their early years in Oklahoma; having four children, Deanna, Debbie, Dustene and Dale, before settling in Yates Center. After moving to Yates Center the couple was blessed with their youngest child, Daryl. Around 1987 Bud decided to quit farming and began raising cattle. After Bud had his time with the cattle he began to drive a truck, which was a most-loved occupation and hobby up until the end.
Edgar was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. In the past he served on the Woodson County Fair Board and Extension Council; he was also a 4-H Beef Leader and at one time was Woodson County’s Kansas Livestock Association President. In 1961 Edgar was presented with the American Farmer Award. Edgar was known to be a hard worker and often called working his occupation and hobby. He and his wife Karen were blessed with 51 wonderful years of marriage and five children. He will be missed.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jan. He is survived by his wife Karen (Pate), Yates Center; his children, Deanna (Stevens) Johnson, Yates Center, Debbie Stevens, Edmond, Okla., Dustene (Beecher) Weston and husband Rick, Yates Center, Dale Beecher and significant other Stacey Murrell, Iola, and Daryl Beecher and wife Aileen, Yates Center; his grandchildren, Mike Rollings, Shawna Johnson, Josh Weston, Jessica Rollings, Dallyn Beecher and Shandell Byerly; his great-grandchildren, Rhylan Altman, Jordynn Swartz and Cache Rollings; also one sister, Maxine Masquelier and husband Bob of Kingfisher, Okla.; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Bud were today at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Inurnment will follow in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center. The family met with friends the evening prior to the service, Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Campbell Funeral Home, Yates Center.
Memorials are suggested to the “Friends For Life” of Yates Center, or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Youth Group, Humboldt and may be sent in care of Campbell Funeral Home P.O. Box 188 Yates Center, KS 66783.
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