William M. “Bill” Beemer, 86, Syracuse, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
He was born April 4, 1926, in Plumtree, Ind., to Oral and Irene (McCourg) Beemer. On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Barbara Keplinger, who survives.
He was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1944-46. He moved to Lake Wawasee full-time in 1961.He was a manufacturing representative for many years, as well as president of Beemer Enterprises. He was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. He was president of the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, and member of Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine, Scottish Rite and 32 degree Mason.
He was past commodore of the Wawasee Flotilla and past commander of the Huntington VFW, member of the Syracuse American Legion and president of the Sesquicentennial 1987.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Steven (Constance) Nitsch, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mrs. Jeff (Cindi) Wells, Syracuse; five grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Alan Nitsch and Leighton and Cassandra Wells. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter-in-law, Amanda “Mandi” Wells; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Juliana “A.J.” Wells.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 29, at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. Interment was in Markle Cemetery, Markle, Ind., with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Syracuse Museum or the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund.
Online condolences to eastlundfuneralhome.com.