Eugene Lepien 'Bud' Beeler

February 2nd, 1919 to October 27th, 2010
Eugene Lepien "Bud" Beeler - Port Huron

Eugene Lepien "Bud" Beeler, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

He was born on February 2, 1919 in Port Huron. He married Anna R. Dazer on January 25, 1941 in Port Huron. She preceded him in death on March 19, 1995.

Bud was a key player on his Port Huron High School football team, helping them win the state championship in 1937. The team was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame in October 1986.

During World War II, he served as a gunner aboard the USS Nicholas, the flagship of Destroyer Squadron 21. The "Nick" and two of her sister ships escorted the battleship Missouri into Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945.

After returning from the war, he worked as a freight car repairman for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad in Port Huron. He retired in 1982.

Bud was an avid hunter and shooting enthusiast. He shot competitively in many tournaments through the YMCA and the Bluewater Sportsmen's Association. He loved riding horses, training them at his home in Port Huron until city ordinances prohibited having livestock within the city limits. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, reading, ham radio, and riding his motorcycle. Always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed, he will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Beeler and Sandra Weichsler, and his grandson, John Weichsler, all of Port Huron, and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew E. and Leota P. Beeler, and his son-in-law, Charles D. Weichsler.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, with one hour of visitation preceding the service. Pastor John S. Carrier of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Visiting hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Day Dreams Farm Therapy and Rescue, Inc. ( )

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