Roger Lee Beech, 78, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday evening, May 13, 2014, at Mary Rutan Hospital.
He was born in St. Johns on Jan. 20, 1936, to the late Everett Earl and Ruth Velma Johns Beech. He also was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Donna Hasty, Cheryl Beech and Vickie Creviston; and brothers-in-law, Gail (Betty) Alloway and Bob Alloway.
Roger married the former Ruth Ann Alloway on Aug. 31, 1956, at the Huntsville United Methodist Church and she survives in Huntsville, along with a daughter Cindy (Jeff) Vesco of Pickerington; son, Jim (Denise) Beech of West Mansfield; five grandchildren, Nicole, Zack and Morgan Vesco, Katrise (Alex Rhoades) and Kodrey Beech; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Kyleigh; a sister, Wilma Beech of Sidney; a brother, Bob Beech of Belle Center; sisters-in-law, Judy Alloway of Kenton and Linda Hill of Bellefontaine; many nieces and nephews, as well as lots of close friends and relatives.
Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country from 1959 to 1963. He worked as an auto mechanic and was employed at Westinghouse in Bellefontaine and later worked at Acrux as a security guard.
He was a member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church and the American Legion in Huntsville.
Roger enjoyed his grandkids’ activities and sporting events and was a NASCAR fan. In his younger years, he enjoyed woodworking and he coached youth baseball in Huntsville. Roger also treasured get-togethers with family and friends as well as playing cards and going out to eat.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. Pastor Bryan Meadows leads a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Huntsville United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 6611 Fruit St., Huntsville OH 43324; and to Connecting Links in care of the church.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.