Theodore “Ted” Beecher, age 94, of Canby, MN, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby, MN. Funeral service will be at 11:00am on Friday, March 6th at the Providence Valley Lutheran Church, rural Dawson, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial with military honors will be at the Canby City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Canby is entrusted with the arrangements.
Theodore Goodwin Beecher was born on December 23, 1925 in Canby, MN to parents Gustav and Alice (Fredlund) Beecher. He attended District 42 country school in Oshkosh Township in Yellow Medicine County through the 8th grade. At the age of 25, Ted was drafted into the United States Army and he served in Korea until being honorably discharged in 1952. Once he returned home he continued working on the Beecher Brothers Farm and did so his entire life. Ted did all the bookwork and was the rock picker, planter, seeder and sprayer on the farm along with many other duties. His favorite activity on the farm was working with the livestock. Ted passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby, MN at the age of 94 years, 2 months and 9 days.
Ted enjoyed traveling through out the United States on various bus trips with the REA and Farmers Union and also to visit family in Washington, California and Indiana. He was an avid bowler and bowled on various leagues over the years and was known as the “clean up man”. In his youth he enjoyed pheasant hunting and fishing. When Ted moved to Canby he enjoyed having coffee at the Cenex and visiting with the local farmers. He was a lifelong member of Providence Valley Lutheran Church and the Canby VFW. He was also a member of the state and national Cattleman’s Association. He was also on the Farmers Union and Farmers CO-OP boards for countless years.
Survivors include his siblings: Eveleth (Ralph) Kack of Brooklyn Park, MN, Marlys Livingston, Richfield, MN, Willis (Frances) Beecher, Canby, MN and Ronald Beecher, Sacramento, CA and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Adeline (Rocky) Rothballer and Vivian (Bill) Van Doren; one brother, James Beecher and two nieces, Patsy and Sherry.