Dr. Kenneth's Story
Dr. Kenneth D. Beer, 71, Milford, died of sepsis Saturday, Jan. 20, at Goshen Hospital.
Ken was born in Goshen, Feb. 10, 1946, to Maurice and Elinor "Betty" (Rassi) Beer. He was raised on a dairy farm three miles south of Milford with his siblings Sue, Judy and Dave.
After graduating from Milford High School in 1964, he went on to study at Indiana University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University and Arizona State University, eventually earning his PhD in psychology.
On Nov. 20, 1966, he married Lynne M. Aeschliman of Bluffton. Ken and Lynne were longtime residents of Milford, where they built a home on Ken's boyhood farm. There they raised three children, Jeremy, Jonah and Amanda.
Ken founded the Beer School of Real Estate in 1975 and thanks to his passion for teaching, it became one of the leading real estate schools in the state. He also worked many years as a marriage and family counselor.
During his adult life, Ken traveled literally around the world, visiting such far-flung countries as Morocco, Thailand, Tahiti and Costa Rica with his wife and family.
He was a highly-engaged father who coached Little League, taught Sunday school and spent many hours outdoors with his children. Later, he doted on his five grandchildren. At his house, toys and candy knew no limits.
He will be fondly remembered for his extraordinary generosity, remarkably active listening, shock of white hair and unparalleled love of gadgets, Pizza King and Leman's mints.
Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Lynne.
He is survived by three children, Jeremy (Kara), Phoenix, Arizona, Jonah (Sara), Napa, California, and Amanda Woodiel (Tom), Goshen; five grandchildren, Jack, Eli, Joseph, Irene and Mary Flannery Woodiel, Goshen; and three siblings, Susan Schieler, Milford; Judy Kitson, Syracuse, and David Beer, Middlebury.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Mishler Funeral Home, 461 W. 900 North, Milford.
A graveside service will follow visitation at Milford Cemetery.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's memory be made to Heifer International (www.heifer.org).
Mishler Funeral Homme and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at www.mishlerfhcc.com.
Published on January 22, 2018