Gary  D. Beachy


Gary D. Beachy of Middlebury peacefully passed away in the early evening hours of Saturday, June 1, 2019,while surrounded by family. He was 68.
Born in Bemidji, Minnesota, to Joni and S. Alberta (Schrock) Beachy, Gary developed a love for the great outdoors as a child. At the age of 6, his family moved to the Goshen area, where he continued to forge his own path and develop a determination to do things his own way.
He grew up surrounded by a large group of loving family and friends while he maintained a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around him. After a brief stint living in Denver, Gary made his way back to Middlebury to focus on working hard, raising his family and making a home he could be proud of.
Gary's determined and deliberate nature meant that he excelled at cultivating a backyard brimming with flowers and greenery, creating perfectly crisp paint lines, finding the hidden fishing spots, tackling every type of home remodeling project, appreciating a good afternoon nap and taking the long way to enjoy the scenery.
He took extreme pride in everything he did and was constantly finding things to add to his to-do list. Gary's early mornings were often reserved for appreciating the sunrise with a hot cup of coffee in hand and good music playing. Likewise, Sunday afternoons were reserved for phone calls with his beloved children, Chad, Heather and Rachel, during which he doled out his own special blend of encouragement, advice and admiration.
On the days that Gary's longtime companion, Lu, could convince him to ignore his carefully planned schedule, they could be found enjoying breakfast and strolling through antique shops before putting the top down on his convertible and cruising to Lake Michigan.
With every task he set out to accomplish, whether big or small, Gary never stopped pushing himself to learn, grow and leave things better than he found them.
Gary is survived by his children, Chad Beachy, Budapest, Hungary, Heather (Brian) Morse, Riverton, New Jersey, and Rachel Neely, Canton, Connecticut; his grandsons, Henry, Owen and Fletcher; his longtime companion and partner in life, Lu Nissley, Middlebury; his sisters, Emma (Wayne) Beachy and Anita (Todd) Neuschwander, both of Goshen, and Marilee (Donald) Gingerich, Clarksville, Michigan; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joni, and mother, Alberta.
Gary left instructions for his family to have a celebration of life in his honor, which will take place Saturday, June 8, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. with a memorial service from 4 to 5 p.m. In keeping with his wishes, family, friends and others whose lives Gary touched are invited to join in honoring and celebrating his life and spirit.
Memorial donations may be made in Gary's name to the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation or the National Arbor Day Foundation.
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Danette Miller
Jun 09, 2019
Heather & Rachel,

Gerald and I have been thinking of you girls the past week, and will continue to remember you (and your family) in our prayers during the coming months.

Love, Danette