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William "Bill" H. Beach

November 10, 1937April 2, 2021
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William H. “Bill” Beach, 83 years of age, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. Founder and CEO of Beach Mold & Tool, Inc., Bill was born November 10, 1937 in Greenville, Indiana to the late Covert and Clara (Kiesler) Beach. Encouraged by his father, a farmer and elementary school principal, he discovered mechanical skills at an early age.

Bill enrolled in New Albany High School’s vocational education program where he found he enjoyed designing and building tools. In a 1955 senior class project, he made a metal drill press that is still working today. That press was the front runner of many other tools built by Beach over the past 40 years. Bill’s vocational classes and teachers at New Albany High School were instrumental in his career path as a toolmaker and entrepreneur.

Beach went on to Ahren’s Trade School in Louisville, Kentucky, then worked for a local company for 16 years before founding Beach Mold & Tool in 1972.

The company was proud to be one of New Albany’s largest private sector employers as well as a nationally recognized leader in plastic injection molding industry. The company was the 58th largest injection molder in North America. Customers included Fortune 500 companies, shipping globally within a variety of markets including major automotive manufacturers, medical component suppliers, consumer product manufacturers and business system companies. The company’s competition was plastic injection molders and assembly companies throughout the United States and the world.

In 2005 Bill was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame. In March 2016 One Southern Indiana presented a new award to Beach Mold & Tool, Inc. It is the Business Retention and Expansion Project of the Year Award given to Beach, “the manufacturing entity headquartered in New Albany and dealing in plastic injection molding technologies, precision tool making and processing completed assemblies for global customer base.” In addition to Beach’s business success, Bill and his company was active in the community. He and his wife, Juanita, have contributed time and financial support through American Cancer Society events, Hosparus, Indiana University, Kentucky Derby Festival and others, including an employee organization, the Beach Mold & Tool Wishing Well, established twenty years ago to fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.

Bill was also a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. His hobbies included traveling, snowmobile riding, fishing, model airplanes, and spending time with his cats, Casper and Jasper.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters, Sr. Catherine Beach, OSB, Julia Beach Bierman (June); brothers, Louis Beach (Virginia), Robert Beach (Ann), Herman Beach (Mary).

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Juanita Rake Beach; daughters, Cheryl Beach Korb, Vickie Beach Batliner (Doug); sister, Kathleen Kruer (Roy); brother-in-laws, Corky Rake (Sharon), Gil Rake (Renee); granddaughters, Megan Batliner Cahill, Jessica Batliner Neumann; grandsons, Nathan Korb, Dustin Korb; great grandchildren, Gavin, Hudson, Beckett, Camden, Ayden, Brinley, Josie, and Jack; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday and after 8:00 am Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. His Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, Indiana with entombment to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.

The family requests expressions of sympathy to Hosparus or National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Online condolences may be made to: www.kraftfuneralservice.net

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Memories

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Larry Ricke

April 6, 2021

Juanita and family, Bill was a gift from God and an icon of our community. I know you and your entire family will miss him very much. On your difficult days rest assured that Bill will become one of your Guardian Angels and help guide you from above. Ann and I will keep your family in our prayers

Anthony Ruth

April 4, 2021

Mr. Beach

I have a lot of memories when it comes to this great guy. Beach Mold was my first plastics job out of High School, from there on I’ve managed to have experience in different forms of injection molding. Bill and I talked a few times, always had words of wisdom. Loved this man, and his family, they was very good to me, and I send nothing but my condolences and prayers to his family. Thanks Bill for the chance to work for you.

WILLIAM GARNER

April 4, 2021

Good person, treated everyone with honesty , respect and dignity. He will missed. Condolences to family et al.

Janice Tucker

April 3, 2021

So sorry Juanita. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

Lettie Leister

April 2, 2021

I met Bill and his family in 1983 when they gave me my first job. It was a great company ran by a great family. I enjoyed babysitting the grandchildren, and the company parties. He always made us feel appreciated. Thanks for the opportunity that changed my life. RIP Bill Prayers and love to the family .



Michael Benton

April 2, 2021

Mr Beach gave me my first opportunity in the plastics industry. I learned a lot from all the on the job training that Bill loved to be involved with. I have a lot of great memories the 22 years I spent working for him. Sending my condolences to the Beach family 🙏

Bill Stepp

April 2, 2021

I worked with and for Bill at MKM. He was a good mentor and later a friend. He will be missed
Regards to his family Bill Stepp

Tina Thomas (Roy)

April 2, 2021

Mr Beach,

You were a teacher and mentor to many throughout your life. To me, you were the man that started my career. You provided the place for people to grow and learn plastics, processes, and gain skills.
I started at Beach in 1990 as an operator attaching a gasket to a plastic Lexmark printer lens. Today, 31 years later, I’m at the top of my game in molding plastics and have always said it was because I worked at Beach Mold and Tool. Thank you and God Bless.

Rest In Peace Mr Beach,

Tina Thomas (Roy)

Dawn Karalfa

April 2, 2021

I have worked at beach(nyx) for 20 years.im an avid UK fan and Bill was an avid IU fan.if UK loss i knew Bill would come see me that morning.he even embarassed me when IU beat UK on a last second 3 pointer.he had a framed photo and showed it during a plantwide meeting.so in his honor and 1 time only i will say GO HOOSIERS!my favorite hoosier fan to rival with.❤

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Biography

William H. “Bill” Beach, 83 years of age passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021. Founder and CEO of Beach Mold & Tool, Inc., Bill was born November 10, 1937 in Greenville, Indiana to the late Covert and Clara (Kiesler) Beach. Encouraged by his father, a farmer and elementary school principal, he discovered mechanical skills at an early age.

Bill enrolled in New Albany High School’s vocational education program where he found he enjoyed designing and building tools. In a 1955 senior class project, he made a metal drill press that is still working today. That press was the froe runner of many other tools built by Beach over the past 40 years. Bill’s vocational classes and teachers at New Albany High School were instrumental in his career path as a toolmaker and entrepreneur.

Beach went on to Ahren’s Trade School in Louisville, Kentucky, then worked for a local company for 16 years before founding Beach Mold & Tool in 1972.

The company was proud to be one of New Albany’s largest private sector employers as well as a nationally recognized leader in plastic injection molding industry. The company was the 58th largest injection molder in North America. Customers included Fortune 500 companies, shipping globally within a variety of markets including major automotive manufacturers, medical component suppliers, consumer product manufacturers and business system companies. The company’s competition was plastic injection molders and assembly companies throughout the United States and the world.

In 2005 Bill was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame. In March 2016 One Southern Indiana presented a new award to Beach Mold & Tool, Inc. It is the Business Retention and Expansion Project of the Year Award given to Beach, “the manufacturing entity headquartered in New Albany and dealing in plastic injection molding technologies, precision tool making and processing completed assemblies for global customer base.”

In addition to Beach’s business success, Bill and his company was active in the community. He and his wife, Juanita, have contributed time and financial support through American Cancer Society events, Hosparus, Indiana University, Kentucky Derby Festival and others, including an employee organization, the Beach Mold & Tool Wishing Well, established twenty years ago to fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.

Bill was also a longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany. His hobbies included traveling, snowmobile riding, fishing, model airplanes, and spending time with his cats, Casper and Jasper.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters, Sr. Catherine Beach, OSB, Julia Beach Bierman (June); brothers, Louis Beach (Virginia), Robert Beach (Ann), Herman Beach (Mary).

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Juanita Rake Beach; daughters, Cheryl Beach Korb, Vickie Beach Batliner (Doug); sister, Kathleen Kruer (Roy); brother-in-laws, Corky Rake (Sharon), Gil Rake (Renee); granddaughters, Megan Batliner Cahill, Jessica Batliner Neumann; grandsons, Nathan Korb, Dustin Korb; great grandchildren, Gavin, Hudson, Beckett, Camden, Ayden, Brinley, Josie, and Jack; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday and after 8:00 am Tuesday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. His Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 am Tuesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 129 W. Daisy Lane, New Albany, Indiana with entombment to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany, Indiana.

The family requests expressions of sympathy to Hosparus or National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Online condolences may be made to: www.kraftfuneralservice.net