Billy Beach

August 2, 1921July 14, 2012

Billy Beach, 90 of Shelbyville, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Waldron Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Waldron, Indiana. Billy was born August 2, 1921 in Oatsville, Indiana, the son of James and Hazel Beach. He graduated from Mt. Olympus High School, Pike County, in 1938 and then went on to obtain his B. S. Degree in 1942 from Purdue University and his M.S. degree in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1961. He was married to Lela Mae McCallister for 46 years who preceded him in death in 1992. He remarried Jeffie Wynn of Largo, FL.

Billy worked most of his life educating others. He taught high school agriculture at Spurgeon and Mt. Olympus High Schools. He became a 4-H Youth Agent in Sullivan County, then was an Extension Educator in Perry and Parke Counties. He also served as a Community Development Specialist for SW Indiana. He also was a professor at Vincennes University.

Beach served has President of the Indiana County Agents Association, National President of the Community Development Society, President of the Sullivan Lions Club, President of the Cannelton Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the John Purdue Club, the First United Methodist Church, Purdue Ag Alumni Association, Tampa Bay Purdue Alumni Club and the Pinellas County Indiana Club.

Mr. Beach was distinguished in many areas of his life. He received "The Superior Service Award" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; was named an Admiral in the State of Nebraska Navy for his Community Development work; was made a lifetime Honorary Alumni of Vincennes University for his community service; was a co-founder of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival and Maple Syrup Festival; he helped begin Indiana's first consolidated school system; was given the "Frederick L. Hovde" award of Excellence in Educational Service; and in 1985 was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Governor Robert D. Orr.

Billy enjoyed attending Purdue football games where he attended 63 consecutive Homecoming games. He also attended every bowl game Purdue played in.

Survivors include: wife-Jeffie Wynn Beach of Largo, FL; children-Connie (Alan) Maltin of Jupiter, FL, John (Nancy) Beach of Lyons, IN, Tom (Vicki) Beach of Shelbyville, IN and Bonnie (Dennis) Mangalavite of Rochester, IL; 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lela Mae Beach, sister Carol Bowen, and brothers Gordon and Alvin Beach.

A Commemoration of Mr. Beach's Life will be held from 9:00-11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 411 N. 4th Street Vincennes, Indiana, on July 19 in Vincennes. A graveside memorial service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Purdue Ag Alumni Association.


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Ann Wyman Jones

July 24, 2012

What a smile, and what a sweetheart of a man! How proud your parents must have been of the children they raised, and your strong family ties.Thinking of you all, and wishing you peace in the days ahead.

Mark Ramsbey

July 24, 2012

Sorry to hear this. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

Mark Ramsbey

Claudia Doan

July 20, 2012

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you on the passing of Billy Beach. I'll always cherish the great times with Connie and family at Rockville. Sincerely, Claudia Hartman Doan.

July 19, 2012

July 18, 2012

Dear John and Tom and families…

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your beloved father and grandfather.

May you find comfort and hope from our thoughts and reassurances that others care and remember you in your loss and grief.

Although words from friends can't take away the sadness you have in your heart or ease the loneliness that comes when loved ones have parted. Our trust is that you will find that inner strength to carry on…as a tribute, t oBill's wonderful memories with you and with us!

Og Mandino, the famous author wrote, “So each of us in our own way, endures our loss, but cherishes the memories. Just as it should be.”

However, when one's heart is frozen in shock from the loss of a loved one; its family and friends who share their expressions of compassion and friendship which help to sustain us and softens the painful grieving process.

We deeply regret seeing you all lose such a precious loved one. We mourn the loss for you and celebrate Bill's life in his memory…he was truly a wonderful man and respected friend and co-worker.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with you. We hope our message will bring you some measure of comfort. May peace replace your heartache and bountiful warm memories remain.

In closing, “The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone's prayers. And the best place to be is in God's hands.”

With kindest regards…God Bless...

Cay and Norman Long

Mary Jo Chanley-Dillard

July 18, 2012

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Alma Whitsell

July 18, 2012

Bill, you are the last of the brothers in law in our family. Guess it is true that the best is saved for last. You already know that you were loved,so no need repeating that. Thanks to you and Lela for giving us four lovely kids to treasure. Alma

Sean Fredericks

July 18, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the family. Such an amazing man who is dearly loved. It would have been a privilege to know Mr. Beach. You all are in our prayers.

July 17, 2012

Our deepest sympathy & condolences to the whole Beach family. Remembering Uncle Bill and praying the Lord will comfort you all with his great love and the promise of a joyful reunion one day. Happy memories will always be tucked away in my heart from times spent at the Vincennes-Beach Home. Cousin Winnie & family- Lee, Emilee, Clara, Amanda & Riley McConnell

Michelle Weinberg

July 17, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Connie and her family of the loss of Bill Beach,

Michelle & Michael Weinberg

Duane Chattin

July 17, 2012

I have fond memories of Uncle Bill and my father trading good natured tricks on each other because of their Purdue vs. IU loyalties (our house being draped in black). Uncle Bill leaves a legacy of good memories and good works with us all.
Duane Chattin (Vincennes)