Eli Beechy, 80

Eli M. Beechy, 80 years, 10 months and 16 days, passed away Saturday, April l6, 2011, at his home in Centreville.

Eli was born June 14, 1930, in Topeka, Ind., a son to the late Manelius and Fannie (Yoder) Beechy.

On Jan. 18, 1951, he married Clara Mullet in Topeka, Ind.

Eli moved to Michigan in 1999, coming from Amherst, Wis., where he had farmed and worked at shoeing horses for over 40 years. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Eli is survived by his wife Clara of Centreville; children, Freeman (Edna) Beechy of Clare, Mich., Melvin (Rosa) Beechy of Medford, Wis., John (Mattie) Beechy of Wadena, Minn., Sarah (Joe) Miller of Centreville, Mary Beechy of Centreville, and Lavern (Viola) Beechy of Sturgis; 35 grandchildren; 69 great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; eight great-step grandchildren; brother, Levi (Mable) Beechy of Kenton, Ohio; brother-in-law Amos Hochstetler of Kenton, Ohio; and sister-in-law, Katie Beechy of Gladwin, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a step mother; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; four brothers and four sisters.

The family will receive relatives and friends after noon today and all day Tuesday at the Joe Miller residence at 59343 Nottawa Road, Centreville. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Double M Building at 59321 Nottawa Rd., Centreville, with Bishop Menno Petersheim, ministers Raymond Yoder and Amos Beechy officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Order Amish Cemetery, Centreville. The family was assisted by the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon.

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