TRAVERSE CITY — Edsel A. Beach, of Traverse City, entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his home.
He was born in Detroit on June 15, 1930, to Wood and Ida (Sweet) Beach, who have preceded him in death.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Korean War.
After coming home he married Armeda Mary Cox on Nov. 20, 1954. This was a beautiful marriage for exactly 59 years. They had five children together, whom he loved.
Edsel was a skilled craftsman working in the plastering trade. He enjoyed applying his artistry to many fine homes. He was an honest businessman; knowing that he was helping other people with their needs meant a lot to him.
He was an active sportsman and a skilled pianist who shared his musical talents while he could. He thought about and cared for his family and friends. He was a man of few words but the words he spoke were full of meaning.
He loved the Lord and was a very loving and loyal husband, father and grandfather and a wonderful friend to everyone who knew him. He will be deeply missed; his memories will be cherished.
He is survived by his wife, Armeda; son, William Beach, of Traverse City; daughters, Vicki Nesbitt, of Morehead, Ky., Susan Whitefield, of Traverse City, Carolyn (Gregory) Stover, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and Rebecca (Stanley) Birkhofer, of Gaylord; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home today, Nov. 23, 2013, from 3 until 8 p.m. A funeral service will follow on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Military honors will be given by the Cherryland VFW Post #2780.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of Edsel.