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Marshall Beachler

Marshall Beachler was born to John Webster Beachler and Barbara Lee (Wolfe) Beachler on December 6, 1956. In high school in Logansport, he was in Key Club, played the lead in Oklahoma!, and was on the swim team. A naturally talented vocalist, he was also in the swing choir and had the privilege of travelling to perform for the National School Board Committee. Marshall held various jobs over the next 40 years: ranch hand, grain grader, fitness center manager, vintage vehicle restorer, and finally, the Attractions Maintenance Manager at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. Upon retirement he kept bees full time. Marshall could do so much more than the average person. He had a unique knack for figuring out the best method for doing any task. He was a great cook, an avid swimmer and bicyclist, and a man of profound, calm faith. Marshall married Cindy Robbins on June 24, 1978 and had two boys who were the joys of his life, Zac (Sara) and Lucas (Nick). After Cindy passed in the fall of 2008, Marshall unexpectedly found love again in a widow, Charlotte Hubbard. They met in January 2011 and married that October. They spent the years together deeply in love, traveling, singing, walking in the woods, keeping bees, watching sunsets, swimming, giggling, and taking care of their beloved children and grandchildren. Marshall answered every home repair question and every 2 a.m. phone call, and he somehow always knew where everyone had left their car keys. He taught us that all of those "Dad" TV stereotypes could be true - changing our filters, adding air to our tires, and showing us that a blow torch is a handy tool to have. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, as well as brother-in-law Dennis Hay. He is survived by siblings John W. Beachler (Nancy), Debanney D. Hay, Stephen P. Beachler (Marsha), and Kristine K. Hite (Ron), many nieces and nephews: Scott Hite, Jenny Beachler, Melissa Hay, Beth Brown, Kyle Hite, Matthew Hite, and David Beachler, and beloved grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He is survived by his sons, stepchildren Jessica (Jacob) Stetson, Benjamin (Kristen) Sonday, and Becca Sonday, and grandchildren Thomas Stetson, Hudson, Bennett, and Nolan Beachler, and Nicolas Sonday. Dr. Linda Hubbard and Jim, Samantha, and Sydney Sonday occupied a special place in his life. Grand dogs Clover and Jorts were also near and dear to him. Marshall Beachler died unexpectedly on March 21, 2021, of an illness unrelated to Covid-19. He loved God, his grandchildren, bicycles, the rest of his family, and bees, in that order. Words cannot express our grief or how deeply dear to us he was. In Lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Kalamazoo (Marshall loved driving for them), or Openroadsbike.org. To his many friends and family, we thank you for being part of his life.

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Angie Birdsall Sep 7 2021 8:53 AM

So sorry to hear about Marshalls passing, You two were always together enjoying life. God had a perfect plan when you guys met. Again so sorry for this terrible loss. You and family will be in our prayers. With Love, Bill and Cindy Keselowski

Cindy Keselowski Apr 15 2021 12:19 PM

My condolences to Marshals family He was a good friend in high school His passing will leave a great gap in both our class of 75 and his family Rest my friend for now you are in the arms of Our Lord and his Saints

James L. Cira Apr 2 2021 3:46 PM

I have known Marshall since junior high, what a wonderful, gentle person. He was one of the best. I have not seen him for many years but I remember him fondly. Many wonderful memories of the fun we had. Rest in peace dear friend.

Deb Burt Mar 31 2021 10:21 PM

Marshall was a wonderful caring person. What I remember the most about him, was his patience. He will be missed.

Brian Beall Mar 31 2021 12:18 PM

I knew Marshall in High School through our mutual friend Mark Bevelhimer. I am saddened by the loss of a fellow class mate but happy for he and Charlotte that they found each other and were able to share the last 10 years. Like Mark I hadn't really stayed in touch but cherish the memories choir, school plays and Marshall making room for the new kid in town. The obituary is a great tribute to a life well lived and well loved.

Andy Lee Mar 31 2021 12:05 PM

In high school, Marshall was one of those guys who made your day better just by seeing him in the hallway, sharing a class with him, sitting near him in the bleachers during a game, or hearing his voice as he sang during a play. A true gentleman of whom it can be said that nothing bad was ever said about him. RIP.

Mike Summers Mar 31 2021 11:54 AM

Hearing of Marshall's passing makes my day sad but also makes me very grateful that I had such a great friend a long time ago. Marshall was one of my best friends in high school. We shared a lot of swing choir trips, play practices, and swim team. There were a lot of cold winter mornings where I picked him up in my old Mustang or he picked me up in his old Maverick for before school practices. I could not have asked for a better friend in high school. I haven't seen Marshall for many many years but today I really miss him. What a great person!

Mark Bevelhimer Mar 31 2021 10:57 AM

Marshall and Cindy are reunited in heaven never again to be seperated.My condolences to his family.

William J. Howell Mar 31 2021 10:08 AM

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Dennis McGee Mar 31 2021 10:00 AM

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