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John Beitz 1876-1947


Posted By: Carmela Feldmann (email)
Date: 12/29/2017 at 16:33:32

Final Rites Held For John Beitz

Funeral services were held at the Buck Creek Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon for John Beitz, who passed away Jan. 13. Mr. Beitz had not been in good health for sometime and had been suffering from an attack of pneumonia when he was called.

Services were conducted by Rev. Deo V. Butler from the church and interment was made in the Hopkinton cemetery.

Pall bearers were Rudolph Reggentine, Eddie Mettler, Rudolph Gienapp, Harry Reeve, Andy Smith and Charles Reggentine. Honorary pallbearers were R. B. Bradke, Roy Dighton, Warren Winch, Will Petrie, Robert Milroy, Herman Stoddard, James Thompson and Albert Barr.

A mixed quartette, composed of Mrs. Clarence Moulton, Mrs. Clarence Thompson, Louis Herrington and Roy Marolf, accompanied by Mrs. Ben Keith, provided appropriate music at the services.

John Beitz was born May 10, 1876 near Delhi, on what is known as the old Allison farm, a son of William and Sophia Beitz, one of six children. His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

He was baptized when a child in the Lutheran church which his parents attended. About 33 years ago he became a member of the Buck Creek Methodist Church and faith which sustained him to the end.

He was educated in the rural schools of Union township and the Hopkinton public school, after which he assisted his father with the farm work.

On Jan. 31, 1903, he was united in marriage with Lucy Ann Wilson at Delhi by the pastor, Rev. Salisbury. After his marriage he and his bride, farmed for 10 years in River Valley on his father's farm after which time he bought the place and continued to live there for about 20 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Beitz were the parents of four children, Mrs. Caryl Ross, an instructor in the Monticello high school; (Hazel) Mrs. John King of Buck Creek; William, on the home place in River Valley; and Everett, on the farm at Buck Creek.

Mr. Beitz was known as one of the most successful and best farmers in that section of the country. During all the depression years his farm in River Valley brought him satisfactory returns under his management. His good judgement in business affairs were outstanding and many sought his opinion of different matters. For many years he was a stockholder and director in the Hopkinton bank, a director of the Hopkinton creamery and school director.

In 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Beitz and family bought a farm in Buck Creek and the oldest son, William, stayed on the home place. Here he farmed for 10 years. He took an active part in the Buck Creek community affairs, serving as township trustee and president of the board of trustees of the church as long as he lived there. At the time of his death he was still an honorary trustee of the church, having supported it by his presence, his gifts and his services.

Mr. Beitz was a man of kindly nature, a good father, always glad to sacrifice his time and efforts for his family and neighbors.

Five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Beitz moved to their present home in Hopkinton, He had been in failing health for some time and on Thursday of last week he was stricken with pneumonia and passed away at the McDonald Hospital in Monticello on Jan. 13, 1947.

Besides his wife and children he is survived by one brother, Samuel Beitz of Delhi, twelve grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends.


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