Richard R. Beechner

February 3, 1934October 10, 2017

Richard R. Beechner, 83, of Prattsburgh, NY passed away Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. Richard was born in Cohocton, NY on February 3rd, 1934, the son of the late Margurite E. (Hosmer) and Paul R. Beechner. He was a self-employed Master Carpenter and had been a bus driver for the Prattsburgh Central School District for several years. Richard was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Penn Yan Elk’s Lodge 1722. He was also a member of Penn Yan Moose Lodge. Richard was a 64 year member of the Prattsburgh Fire Dept., where he had served as a past President. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Frances A. (Kidder) Beechner; children, Diane (Ron) Putnam, Kim (Jenifer) Beechner; grandchildren, Christine (Todd) Smallwood, Rodney (Kelly) Putnam, Brandon “Wes” (Tiana) Putnam, Joy (Shane) Putman, and Holly (John) Reid; and his great grandchildren, Danielle Travis, Kyle Paul Putnam, Jordan Putnam, Jaidan Putnam, Kristoffer Johnson, Riley Putnam, Marissa Reid, Kadin Reid, Dayton Putman, Skye Putman, and twins, Remi and Reign Putman. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Ricky Paul Beechner; sister, Pauline Burdin and brother, Robert Beechner. Friends and family may call from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, October 14th at the Bottoni Wood Funeral Home, 4 Mechanic St., Prattsburgh, NY 14873. His funeral will follow at 1pm with a Fireman’s Service from the Prattsburgh Protectives honoring his dedication to the Department and Community followed by a service led by Rev. Cathy Jo Dye and Rev. Kate Benton. Interment will follow at Rural Cemetery in Prattsburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s memory to either the Prattsburgh Fire Dept. of Prattsburgh Ambulance, 15 Allis St., Prattsburgh, NY 14873.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Funeral Service with Fireman's Service Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Jackie Remmers

October 14, 2017

I am sending hugs and prayers to help you through this difficult time.

James Zimmer

October 13, 2017

To all of the Beechner family, Our thoughts and payers go to you all. As a former resident of Prattsburg. My family send our condolences to all of you in the family. To Ron and Diane, my family send our thoughts and prayers to former classmates of good old PCS.

God Bless you and your family. Jim Zimmer and family, Phelps, NY

sally and Jerry Raner

October 13, 2017

So sorry to hear of your loss. Dick and my Dad were good friends....our sincere condolences to the whole family.

Susan & Rick VanAmburg

October 13, 2017

A man of many talents...great cook, awesome carpenter ( he did most of the work on the house in Wheeler) and a walking encyclopedia of a mix of info...Always a great friend to Rick and myself, and my little dog, Mz Bitzy, who loved him...(( They had several phone conversations with Mz Bitzy howling at his voice on the phone )) Lots of terrific memories which will always make me smile...

Jane Williams

October 13, 2017

Dear Frannie & family. My sincerest condolences for the passing of Dick. We all had many fond fun times together to remember. May he RIP.

Gordon and Jean F. Bates

October 13, 2017

Dear Franny and Family. We r so very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. May God Bless u all.....RIP: Dick

Jim & Allison Dolan

October 13, 2017

Dick was a good friend for so many years. We will really miss him.