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Alba B. Beechley

Alba was born Jun 29, 1877 in Phillips County Kansas to Peter B. Beechley and Martha Ann Casteele DeWitt Beechley.

He married Rosella Sharletta Lamb March 12, 1903 in Greenwood County, Kansas.

In 1910 Hayes County, Nebraska Alby Beechley is 31, married to Rose 23,  Nebraska.  They have Anna M. 4, Kansas, Iva F. 3, and James M. ten months, both born in Nebraska.

Alba David Beechley registered with an Eckley address, and in 1920 Eckley they have Anna 13, Ova 12, Lee 11, Leslie 8, Kansas, Callie 7, Nebraska, Laurence 3, Colorado, and Leola seven months, Colorado.

Alba proved up 240 acres in 32, 3N 45W in 1921, and another 40 acres Stock next to it, also in 1921.

Lee wrote a nice article for the East Yuma County history, saying the family moved from north of Eckley "where we had bought the Widow Weeks claim"  to Heartstrong. 

The 1937 county directory has A.B Beechley living in 32, 3S 45W.

Iva Fae  Beechley, born March 11, 1906 in Hayes Kansas, married William Cline Dec 24, 1925 in Wray, and died June 18, 1978 in Eckley.  Marylin Clodfelder wrote "I'm the youngest child of William H (Bill) Cline and Iva Faye (Beechley) Cline and was born in Colorado Jan 1,1949. I have 9 older siblings that consisted of 3 brothers and 6 older sisters which all have passed away with the exception of one sister which lives in Texas. My father came from Mapleton,Iowa--B Oct 1,1904 and my Mom was born and raised in Neb. around Hays Center March 11,1907 until moving to Colorado."

Iva Faye-March 11, 1907 - June 16, 1978 and William Henry Cline -October 1, 1904 - November 22, 1972 are buried in Eckley.

January 16, 1947

In 1930 Eckley "Abb" and Rose R. have Lee, Callie E., Laurence, Leola B., and Ruth B. 5.

Patricia E. Portelli, born Dec 21, 1912, died Nov 7, 2004, last address Wisconsin.  Wonder if she's related to Patrice Alice Pruitt Johnson, born 1935 in Yuma to John and Patricia (Portelli) Pruitt......  There was a John R. Pruitt, 22, in Idalia in 1920, with Randolph widowed.  Sisters Ina, Gertie, Grace Pruitt.  In 1930 a Ruby Pruitt is in Denver, married, with two sons George 21 and Don 13 Rohwer - and in 1940 she's in Denver with John R.

Lawrence R. 5/13/1915- 1/28/2004 and Velma L. 10/26/1918 - 1/6/2004 Beechley are buried in Wray.

"Ab and Rosella" THANK YOU Peechee

Buried in Glendale, Vernon are:

Beechley, Alba B. [b1878 d1941] and Beechley, Rose S./Charlotte (Lamb) [b1886/87 d1958] 

 Beechley, Donald Ray [b1936/37 d1937]  

Beechley, Jerry [b1952 d1959]   Beechley, Lee J. [b1908 d1980]  


Catherine Bergman wrote in 2000 "I went to school with a Ruth Beechley at Dewyridge Country school in 1938.  She was in the 8th grade then Her class mate was Bill McCoy. He has passed on in 2000. My Mother Bertha Weyerman was the Teacher of that school . I don't know what happened to Ruth. You might contact John McCoy at Idalia Colorado as he lived in that neighbor hood all his life. I have a picture of Ruth.I hope this might help you."

Ruth Beechley Engel was born June 30, 1925 in a farmhouse eight miles 

In 1930 Callie E. 17, is working for the William Gray family - with three young kids, in Weld precinct - north of the Alba and Rose claim.

One tree says James was born 1908, married 1933 in St. Francis, Kansas, and died 1980 in Denver.

One tree said children were

Rolland (Ron) Marion Beechley  born 10/23/1938,   married Eunice Manson, born 6/27/1937. They live in McCook, Nebraska. They have 2 Children. 
Rachel Ann Beechley  born on 4/7/1946, married Daniel C. McKinney on 11/1/1964, born on 4/13/1946. They have 3 Children. . They live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Raymond L. Beechley, 68, formerly of Fort Collins, CO, lived in Green River, WY, passed away on October 2, 2003, in Pinedale, WY. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO. The Reverend John Engle will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday, October 6, 2003, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Drake Chapel. Interment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Raymond Lee Beechley was born on May 8, 1935, Eckley, CO, the son of James Lee and Elizabeth Ada Kier Beechley. Raymond had resided in Fort Collins for 38 years and had resided in Green River, WY since 2002. He attended high school in Idalia, CO. Raymond married Marilyn Mumm in 1956 in eastern Colorado. She preceded him in death on June 18, 2000. On May 18, 2001, he married Rosalia Cecil in Green River.

Raymond worked for Maxey Truck & Equipment for ten year wiring trailers. He also worked for Fort Collins Disposal, formerly known as Donnell Trash Service, for 20 years. Raymond had been a member of the Fort Collins Moose Lodge for 30 years. He had been an avid hunter for 23 years, liked to fish and loved the outdoors, especially the mountains. He also loved to golf and go bowling. After retirement, he took up woodworking and cut trees for Hersh Nursery.

Mr. Beechley is survived by his wife, Rosalia “Rose” Beechley of Green River, WY; his mother, Ada Beechley of Wray, CO; his brothers, Ron Beechley and his wife Eunice of McCook, NE; his sisters, Rena Newbanks of Otis, CO and Rachel McKinney and her husband Dan of Colorado Springs, CO. Also surviving are his daughters, Deena Archer and her husband Jeff of Fort Collins, CO, Barbara Beechley of Kansas City, MO, Dianne Jakubauskas of Fort Collins, CO, Sheri Hamilton and her husband Larry of Green River, WY, Debbie Clark and her husband Roy of Casa Grande, AZ, Ginger Bryson and her husband Anthony of Green River, WY and Jackie Woodbury and her husband Tom of Green River, WY; his son, Charley Cecil and his wife Lori of Green River, WY; 26 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Beechley, his first wife, and an infant brother.
In 1940 Vernon precinct Leslie is 29, married to Mildred 26.  They have James 7 and Maxine 2.

James Edward Beechley, Col U.S. Army Korea, born January 4, 1932, died Feb 28, 2001, and is buried in Fairview, Burlington.  One tree said he married Leta Mae Scott.

1977 James Beechley, Burlington, Colo., has been charged with violating financial and payment requirements of the Packers and Stockyards Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sunday. Beechley is registered as a market agency to buy livestock, and as a dealer to buy and sell. He purchases livestock throughout eastern Colorado and western Kansas. USDA's Packers and Stockyards Administration charged in an administrative complaint that in connection with his dealer operations, Beechley has current liabilities exceeding his current assets; and issued insufficient funds checks and failed to pay, when due, for more than $152,000 worth of livestock from Nov. 9, 1976, through Jan. 3, 1977, and still owed $63,904 for livestock as of Jan. 13, 1977. Filing of the complaint does not prove that  Beechley has violated the Packers and Stockyards Act. He has a right to a hearing to determine if the evidence supports the charges. If the charges are proven, Beechley would be placed under a cease and desist order. His registration could also be suspended. Dealers are required, under the P&S Act, to maintain a solvent financial position and lo pay promptly for livestock, unless credit has been arranged in advance.

Buried in Glendale are Beechley, Lesley [b1910 d1991] Beechley, Mildred M. (Riley) [b1913 d1982]

PHILLIP LEWIS CRAWFORD  b  Ansley, Custer County, NE, married Maxine Lavonne Beechley .  She was born in Yuma County and they married. January 4, 1958 in Kirk, Yuma County, CO    Father: William Leslie Beechley  Mother: Mildred Margaret Riley

  NORMA JEAN CRAWFORD  b: July 5, 1964 in St Francis, Cheyenne County, KS    d: July 8, 1964 in St Francis, Cheyenne County, KS
  DELORIS LAVONNE CRAWFORD  b: Private in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, KS
  LARRY WAYNE CRAWFORD  in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, KS


William Leslie Beechley was born September 29, 1910, and died during the night, May 21, 1991, while a resident of Cedardale Health Care Facility, after a long illness. Services were held Saturday, May 25, 1991, at the First Christian Church with Rev. Keith Stephenson officiating. Interment followed in Glendale Cemetery, Vernon.

He was born to Albert and Rose Beechley at Phillipsburg, Kansas. When Les was a young man of three or so, the family moved north of Eckley where he attended school in Yuma County until the sixth grade.

On May 16, 1931, he married Mildred Margarite Riley at the Presbyterian Church in Eckley. To this union five children were born.

Les and Mildred spent 51 years together in Yuma County, from south of Eckley to Kirk, until he retired from farming, around October 1963, when they bought their home in Wray. Les still worked at odd jobs until his health failed him in 1982. He still had his garden and yard to fill his time, in which he loved to work.

Les was a hard worker, "honest as the day was long" and treated his fellowman with great respect, no matter what color his skin was or what nationality they were, everyone was an equal. He was loved by everyone, and was a man of few words, so when he had anything to say, he got right to the point.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Albert and Rose; brother Lee; sisters, Anna Lamb, Iva Cline, Leola Hill; as well as his wife, Mildred, who died in 1982; his son Jerry Ray and two granddaughters, Norma Jean Crawford and Brenda Diane Beechley.

Les is survived by one brother, Lawrence of Wray; two sisters, Callie Portelli, Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Ruth Engel of Idalia; three sons, James and wife Janet, Pueblo, Eldon and wife Loretta, Burlington; Daniel and wife Eligra, Winters, Texas; and one daughter Maxine and husband Philip Crawford, St. Francis, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Rock Springs Wyoming - October 8, 2003 - Funeral services for Raymond L. Beechley, 68, were conducted yesterday at Allnutt Funeral Service in Fort Collins, Colo.

Interment will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens.

He died Oct. 2, 2003 in Pinedale. He was formerly of Fort Collins, Colo., and had lived in Green River.

He was born May 8, 1935, Eckley, Colo., the son of James Lee and Elizabeth Ada Kier Beechley.

He attended high school in Idalia, Colo., and married Marilyn Mumm in 1956 in eastern Colorado. She preceded him in death in 2000, and he married Rosalia Cecil in Green River.

He worked for Maxey Truck and Equipment for 10 years wiring trailers. He also worked for Fort Collins Disposal, formerly known as Donnell Trash Service, for 20 years. He was a member of the Fort Collins Moose Lodge for 30 years.

After retirement, he took up woodworking and cut trees for Hersh Nursery.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalia "Rose" Beechley of Green River; his mother, Ada Beechley of Wray, Colo.; his brother Ron Beechley and wife Eunice of McCook, Neb.; two sisters, Rena Newbanks of Otis, Colo. and Rachel McKinney and husband Dan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven daughters, Deena Archer and husband Jeff, Dianne Jakubauskas, all of Fort Collins, Colo., Barbara Beechley of Kansas City, Mo., Sheri Hamilton and husband Larry, Ginger Bryson and husband Anthony, Jackie Woodbury and husband Tom, all of Green River, Debbie Clark and husband Roy of Casa Grande, Ariz., one son and daughter-in-law, Charley and Lori Cecil also of Green River; 26 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Beechley, his first wife and an infant brother


Frank Wayne Hill, 66, of Ovid, CO passed away Wednesday September 7, 2011 in Julesburg, CO. Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM, Tuesday September 13, 2011 at the Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid, CO, with Pastor Mark Baker officiating, with meal to follow. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Ovid Cemetery.

Frank Wayne Hill was born September 30, 1944 in Vernon, Colorado the son of Robert L. Hill and Leola (Beechley) Hill. He attended schools in Dailey, Holyoke, and Ovid. Frank worked as a farm hand, also at D&L Meat Co., and for the town of Ovid. He was a member of the Harvest Baptist Church. Frank enjoyed playing five point pitch, and especially loved attending Revere, Sedgwick County, and summer rec. ballgames. His greatest joy was when the Sedgwick County Cougars presented him with a hat and jacket for being such a devoted fan. Frank was also an avid reader; he would read anything that came into his hands. He had a wealth of knowledge and could even do the Sunday crossword with a pen. He added a lot of color to many people’s lives and will be missed by many.

He is survived by a host of friends & his church family at the Harvest Baptist Church, who he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and numerous brothers, and sisters. Memorials can be made in Frank’s name to the Harvest Baptist Church, American Heart Association 415 N. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 or to the Sedgwick County Nursing Home. Austin-Tennant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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