Asa Paul Beehler passed away with family at his side in Anchorage on Oct. 30. He was 81.

Asa was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on April 12, 1936, to Edgar and Elizabeth Beehler. After completing high school he attended college at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Around this time he visited his brother’s church and saw a beautiful, dark-haired girl perched on a ladder whitewashing the building. After a flurry of love letters and visits, Shirley and Asa married on June 18, 1955. They were blessed with two sons.

In 1974, the Beehlers loaded up a Cadillac with their family, Asa’s mother, and their son’s pole vault and drove to Alaska where they embraced an adventurous life. 

Asa was a jack-of-all-trades and over the decades he flew planes, fished commercially, worked as a carpenter, co-owned a fishing and hunting lodge, and retired from teaching school. 

In 1994, Asa and Shirley moved to Missouri to be closer to family. During their retirement years, the couple traveled to Bolivia, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh, a good portion of Europe and drove an RV around the United States. Asa enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing harmonica, singing, watching birds, growing fruit trees and playing cards. He was also quite the connoisseur of ice cream and peanut butter.

Throughout his life Asa attended church, serving as a treasurer and deacon. Asa held a deep faith in God and we find comfort knowing he is at peace with our Lord and Savior.

Asa is survived by his sister, Joan Dick; son, Bruce (Lila) Beehler; son, Kevin Beehler (Wendy Dyson); and former daughter-in-law, Terry Beehler; his grandchildren, Brenda Beehler, Rachel (Ian) Whiddon, Asa Beehler, Aric Beehler, Daniel Beehler and Julie Beehler; as well as five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58-years, Shirley Beehler; son, Sterling; his parents; his brother, Nevin; and sister, Ella May.

A life celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church in Kodiak. Dinner will be served following the service. Condolences may be sent to Bruce and Lila Beehler, 3325 Mill Bay Rd., Kodiak, AK, 99615.

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