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Merle O. Beach
April 7, 1931 – July 31, 2011

Aumsville – Merle, 80, went to be with his Lord on July 31, 2011 in Salem. He was born on April 7, 1931 in Shallow Water, KA., to Ralph and Edith Beach and reborn on November 1997 at Turner Church of God. The family moved to Oregon in 1934 and settled in the Aumsville area.

After graduation from high school, Merle served two years in the Army during the Korean War as an MP. On March 11, 1953 he married Thelma I. Hayes and together they raised three children, Daniel, Ronald and Lesia.

Merle worked for Willamette Industries and Teledyne Wah Chang. He retired from Wah Chang in 1993 after 27 years. Merle enjoyed fishing, hunting, and crabbing especially when he was able to take his grandkids. Before entering the nursing home a few years ago, Merle was an active member of Turner Church of God, where he enjoyed going on retreats with the youth and also the senior retreats.

Merle is survived by his wife; Thelma of Aumsville: son; Daniel (Luanne) Beach of Marion; daughter: Lesia Barnes of Aumsville; brother: Elton (Ramona) Beach of Lakeside; sister: Neva Bible of Shaw; grandchildren: Krislyn, Melissa, Tanner, Matthew and Sara; great-grandchildren – 13. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Ronald.

A Celebration of Life potluck will be held at the Beach family home on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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