URSA Ill. -- Leaton "Lea'"Ray Beeler, 63, of Mattoon, formerly of Ursa, died at 12:10 p.m. Thursday (June 26, 2014) in his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Lea was born May 18, 1951, the son of Leo Henry and Carlene Holtman Beeler. He married Beverly Balllinger on July 17, 1971. Mr. Beeler was a 1969 graduate of Unity High School in Mendon. Lea worked as a journeyman lineman at Coles Moultrie and retired after nearly 25 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as board chairman and elder, and volunteered at Promise Land. Lea was also a member of many organizations, Shriners, 32nd Degree Mason and the Eagles. Lea always helped others and treasured his time volunteering at PADS and volunteering and serving on the Board of Mattoon Food Bank. He had a heart for leading and was active in coaching youth baseball and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 152. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing. Most of all, Lea loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Beverly Beeler; sons, Vance Beeler and significant other, Kimberly Newton, of North Vernon, Ind., Matthew (Pamela) Beeler of Anderson, Ind. and Seth (Sara) Beeler of Mattoon; 10 grandchildren, Kaylene, Ramie, Lanieka, Zeke, Kayla, Chloe, Ashlee, Erik, Brooklyn and Katelyn; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Sophia; a sister, Linda (Gene) Stine of Birmingham, Iowa; a brother, Lyle (Bonnie) Beeler of Mexico, Mo.; a sister, Lola Patterson of Lake Forrest, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews Lea was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Carlene Beeler; a grandson, Lea Allen Beeler; and a brother, Larry Beeler. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the First Christian Church in Mattoon. Burial will be at a later date. VISITATION: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the First Christian Church. Masonic rites, open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. MEMORIALS: PADS or the Mattoon Food Bank. ARRANGEMENTS: Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, IL.
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Mattoon, IL 61938
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 28 to June 30, 2014