Dewitt J. Beebe , 86, of Speedsville, NY, passed away on January 18, 2019, at Lourdes Hospital, after a brief illness.
Mr. Beebe was born January 9, 1934, the son of the late James and Mabel (Briggs) Beebe. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Cleland and Ruth Beebe; George and Joan Beebe, and brother-in-law, Paul Dalton.
He is survived by his sister Eunice (Beebe) Dalton, nieces and nephews; Dawn (George) Parks, Carol Beebe, Sharon Weed, Sally Metzger, Christine (James) Worden, Timothy (Ann) Dalton, James Beebe, Mark (Cathy) Beebe, George (LuAnn) Beebe, and Lori (Joseph) Calleo. Several great nieces and nephews and many friends he has made during his lifetime.
Dewitt graduated from Newark Valley Central School in 1951, and Ridley Business School in 1952. Starting in 1955 and ending in 2009 Dewitt worked in the retail automotive business as office manager in several dealerships, the last being Maguire Ford in Ithaca, NY.
Dewitt was a member of the U.S. Army, stationed in Washington, DC and Europe from 1953-1955. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 401 in Owego, NY, and St John's Episcopal Church in Speedsville.
His nieces and nephews will always be thankful for the many wonderful hours he spent with them on vacations, road trips to the state lands, walks in the woods and small boat trips on the Leaking Lena. He told them ghost stories when they were young and lectured them on world leaders and events. Teaching them how to drive at the age of 14 was a thrill. He was a wonderful son, brother, and uncle.
A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend Richard Schaal officiating. The family will receive friends at the Church on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 104, Berkshire, NY 13736 or the SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
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