MAHOMET – Elmer Beachey, 92, of Mahomet passed away at 5:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 20, 2015) at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1923, in Arthur, the son of Joel and Elizabeth (Gingerich) Beachey. Elmer married Betty Jean Empson in 1947 in Mattoon. She preceded him in death on June 2, 1997.
Surviving are his son, Roger (Nora) Beachey of Mahomet; daughter, Julia Beachey of Mahomet; grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth and Aaron Roger Beachey, and his daughter Julia's children, Becca, Daniel, Alysia, Sadie, and Lindsey Beachey; brother, Louis Beachey of Texas; sister, Lizzy Ann Miller of Arthur; and many other friends and family who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, two brothers and seven sisters.
Elmer served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was an acting sergeant and corporal during peace time. Elmer was in active combat for 19 months and was at the Battle of Guam and the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the Battle of Iwo Jima, Elmer was transferred back to Guam and worked at the ordnance shop. He then advanced to be in charge of the battalion ordnance shop with acting rank of top sergeant.
After his honorable discharge from the military, Elmer owned several businesses. He was a workaholic and always had to be busy doing something. Elmer's son Roger and he enjoyed remodeling and building houses together.
When Elmer was not working, which was rare, he enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree Mason as well as an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Campus in Champaign.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center Champaign Urbana Chapel, 710 N. Neil St., Champaign. A Celebration of Elmer's Life will be held after the visitation at 6 p.m. the funeral home. Pastor Bob Chestnut will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Danville National Cemetery. Please join his family in sharing memories on his tribute wall atwww.sunsetfuneralhome.com.