On the evening of June 17, 2018, Richard Leo Beehler passed away peacefully of natural causes at the Aspen Meadows Assisted Care Facility in Billings, Montana. Richard was 80 years old.
Richard Beehler was born in Miles City, MT on April 26, 1938. He was the third child and only son of the four children born to Anton “Tony” and Leona (Steinert) Beehler. Richard attended schools in Miles City and graduated from Custer County District High School in 1956. During the years following high school, Richard proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves.
On January 6, 1966, Richard married Judith Estelle James and instantly became a father to Judy’s son, Joseph Fredrickson. A year later they welcomed a son, Anton John “Tony” into the family. And in 1970 a daughter, Katherine Ann, joined the family.
During his time in Miles City, Richard had multiple occupations – in other words, he was a jack-of-all-trades. After his Honorable Discharge from the Marines in 1962, Richard returned to Montana and worked for the highway department building bridges for the interstate system. He also worked for a cable TV company; worked in construction for quite a few years; and worked for the public school system as a custodian at Highland Park School and the high school. His final job before retiring was managing a group of 8 apartment buildings in Miles City, in which he took a great deal of pride.
Richard was a straight shooter – he always told it like it was. He was honest, hard-working, intelligent and a great father figure to not only his own children but to many other family members and children of the community. If he said he was going to do something, he did it. He had a great work ethic and always followed through on his promises.
Richard lived life to the fullest and enjoyed many hobbies such as woodworking, camping, fishing, photography and spending time with his family and friends. One of his proudest moments was watching his son Tony graduate from the Montana Highway Patrol Academy.
Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy; daughter, Katherine “Kat” Beehler-Goodson; sisters Delores Claver, Charlene Schumacher, and Norma Ludwig; and his parents Tony and Leona Beehler.
Richard is survived by his two sons, Joseph (Dayna) Fredrickson of Bismarck, ND and Tony (Bobbie) Beehler of Billings, MT; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family plans a graveside service at Custer County Cemetary on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.