Twenty-one-year Evergreen resident Ron Beecher passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
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Ron was born on Jan. 6, 1933, in Los Angeles to Alma and William J. Beecher. It was here that he met the love of his life, Joan. At the age of 22, Ron joined the U.S Navy. He attended officer candidate school in Pensacola, Fla., and went on to become a naval aviator.
Ron and Joan were married on Dec. 23, 1955, in Inglewood, Calif. They were blessed with three boys, Craig A., John S. and Kevin D., and raised them in San Diego, Calif., and Thousand Oaks, Calif. At the time of his passing, these life partners had been married for 57 years.
On his way to achieving the rank of lieutenant commander, Ron flew multiple types of aircraft including the McDonnell F-4H/B Phantom II on and off aircraft carriers. As a Navy combat pilot, Ron flew missions in the Vietnam War.
After ending his naval career, Ron continued his love of flying by joining the ranks of American Airlines. Ron enjoyed a flawless 27-year career with AA and finished with the rank of captain, flying the Boeing DC-10. He loved to fly and to travel, and his career afforded him the opportunity to explore the country from a bird's eye view. Shortly before his retirement from AA, Ron and Joan moved to Evergreen to be closer to family and enjoy the scenic beauty of Colorado.
While living in Thousand Oaks, he owned and operated a private home-built aircraft company. He owned several private planes and enjoyed sharing his love of flying with his family and friends. An avid train enthusiast, Ron enjoyed model railroading and ran his own G-scale train layout. Operating his LGB trains was a delight, and his hobby was passed on to his son Kevin and grandson Nicholas.
He is survived by his lovely wife, Joan, his three sons, grandson Nicholas and granddaughter Amanda. Ron was a faithful member of Mountain Song 4-Square Church in Indian Hills, and deeply loved his family and the Lord Jesus Christ. He touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.
After the memorial service celebrating his life, Ron was laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery on May 20, 2013.
Published in Canyon Courier from May 29 to June 4, 2013