Daniel "Dick" H. Beachley, 81, of Boonsboro, Md., passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at his home.
Born June 15, 1930, in Middletown, Md., he was the son of the late George D. and Zillah E. (Markoe) Beachley.
Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as a tank commander when he was stationed in Germany and Holland during the Korean War.
In his early working career, Dick was employed by Pangborn Corp. in Hagerstown, Md., as a security guard for 19 years, retiring in 1985. Dick went back to work in 1987 for the Washington County Board of Education as a custodian. He worked at Fountain Rock Elementary School until his second retirement in 1994.
Dick was known for his love of all things Harley-Davidson. He took great pride in his Harley motorcycle and memorabilia. He also liked to watch NASCAR.
He was a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Boonsboro, Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro, the National Rifle Association and AARP.
He is survived by his loving wife, Frances L. Beachley; his four daughters, Ronda and her husband, Jeffrey Patterson, of Warrenton, Va., Tanja and Richard Fulks of Boonsboro, Kathy and Philip Feeser of Hagerstown, and Debra Beachley and Darren of Dargan, Md.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Candice, Mary Lee, Beverly and Judy, all of Frederick County, Md.; and one brother, Carl Beachley, also of Frederick County, Md. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Biser; two sisters, Mary Lou and Sharon; and three brothers, George D., Bill and Markoe.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. John W. Schildt will officiate. Military Honors will be rendered by Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 of Boonsboro.
Interment will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Dick's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at BastStaufferFuneralHome.com.