Joseph George "Joe" Beeler (1932 - 2017)

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Joseph "Joe" George Beeler, longtime Boulder County resident, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, on his 85th birthday.
He was born to Leota Marie and Joseph G. Beeler in North Platte, Neb., on Oct. 14, 1932. Joe graduated from North Platte High School and left his hometown at the age of 16 to attend the University of Denver, where he met his beloved wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Beeler. They were married Feb. 14, 1954, prior to Joe's enlisting in the Army, where he served as a first lieutenant during the Korean War.
He attended Law School at the University of Tulsa, where he earned his juris doctorate, graduating with honors. They returned to Colorado with their three children, Joe, Vandi and Julie, and made Boulder County their home.
Joe traded his law career for the opportunity to own and run a family business, Don's Cheese and Sausage Mart on Pearl Street in Boulder. With lunch lines out the door and brats on the grill, Joe always managed to greet customers by name, add an extra-large helping of his famous German potato salad or lend a kind ear of support to the many young people he employed over the years.
Opening his heart, home and ski cabin to his ever-widening circle of friends, Joe was known for his humor, generous spirit and love of life.
After retirement, Joe and Betty moved to their mountain home near Empire, where they continued to enjoy skiing, golfing, dancing, collecting art, and hosting friends and family, and wintered in Treasure Island, Fla.
Throughout his life, Joe's happiest times were spent behind the wheel of his favorite Mercedes with Betty at his side, music blaring as they headed out for their next great adventure. Always together, the pair explored all 50 states, delighting in local foods and traditions as they made friends from all walks of life. An unforgettable character, he will be missed my many.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Beeler; their three children, Joseph (Terry) Beeler, Vandi (Kirk) Mitchell and Julie (Andy) Rutkosky; sister Leota Marie Brosseau; grandchildren April (Edgar) Monroe, Brendan (Elizabeth) Forsyth, Meredith (Zak) Monroe, Trevor (Elizabeth) Beeler, Patrick (Melanie) Monroe, Kristen (Jason) Hype and Emilia Monroe; great-grandchildren Aspen, Dylan, Lily, Brendan, Chloe, Jazlyn, Kai, Elinor and Adelaide; and his many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life/open house was held in Joe Beeler's honor on Oct. 28.
Contributions may be made in his name to the . Visit www.ahlbergfuneral to share condolences.
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Published in Clear Creek Courant on Nov. 1, 2017
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