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Sheldon W. (Jim) BECHER

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Sheldon W. (Jim) BECHER Obituary
BECHER, Sheldon W. "Jim" Formerly of Bellbrook, Ohio, died October 8th in Lexington, Kentucky after a brief illness. "JB" was born in Chicago on April 3, 1926. After graduating from Taft High School in 1945, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany for three years. He later graduated with honors from the University of Illinois' first restaurant management class. He married Norma Katherine Young of Ames, Iowa, on June 10, 1950. The couple moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1952. Over the next 50 years JB worked at, managed, or co-owned a series of restaurants in southwestern Ohio, including Seven Nations, Highview Terrace, Culps Cafeteria, Jay's Seafood Restaurant, Sycamore Creek Country Club, Surf and Turf, the Daytonian, and Bellwood Country Club. During his later career, JB was active in the Country Club Management Association of America and the Dayton Rotary Club. JB and Norma were also long-time members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, where he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Norma, his daughter Cyndy Lendon, his son Rick (Gail), his daughter Kim Tonning (Barry), his grandchildren Emily Lendon Reynolds (Brad), Sam Lendon, Derick Tonning, and Shane Tonning (Clare), three great-grandchildren (Lainey, Liza, and Chandler Reynolds), and nieces and nephews from across the U.S. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Becher, his father, Frederick Becher, his brother, Don Becher, his sister Shirley Hayes, and a grandchild, Starla Medina Tonning. A celebration of life service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, on October 27 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton (125 North Wilkinson Street, Dayton OH 45402); the Starla Medina Scholarship Fund (c/o Traditional Bank, Mount Sterling KY 40353), or Hospice (Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2313 Alexandria Drive, Lexington KY 40504). As JB departs this world, his family would like to thank everyone for their love and remind them of how he always liked to say his farewells: "Goodbye and take care I'm sure glad you got to see me!"
Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 12, 2018
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