Donald Byron “Don” Beeler, Sr., 84, of Zionsville, Indiana, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at Brownsburg Meadows. He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on November 13, 1935; a son of the late Kermit and Luella M. (Lang) Beeler
He was a graduate of East St. Louis High School. Following high school, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University and several other master’s degrees including SPEA from Indiana University. He also served his country honorably in the U.S. Army.
On June 15, 1961 he was married to Patricia “Pat” (Jines) Beeler in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She survives and they had shared 58 loving years together.
Through the Kennedy Act, Don helped establish the Mental Health Clinics in conjunction with community hospitals throughout Indiana. He was employed by the State of Indiana in the Department of Mental Health and in the State Health Department, dedicating over thirty years before retirement.
Don was one of the founders of the Dynamic Toastmasters Club and a member of the Indiana Statistics Club. In his college years, Don enjoyed running the recreational camps at Southern Illinois University. He was a devoted and kind man who loved his family dearly.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Beeler of Zionsville; three children, Patricia (Mark) Fisher of Thorntown, Donald Beeler, Jr. of Mesa, Arizona, and Evangeline (Francois) Gohoure of Everglades, Florida; eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; and a sister, Barb (Gary) Langston of Jefferson City, Illinois.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Beeler.
Private Funeral Services are to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, Indiana. Friends and extended family are invited to view Don’s service at 11:00 a.m. on the Myers Mortuary Facebook page.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home in Lebanon. Interment will follow services at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown, Indiana.
Memorials may be given in Don’s memory to the ARC of Greater Boone County
900 West Main Street, Lebanon, Indiana 46052.