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Benjamin David Beydler
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Obituary for Benjamin David Beydler

Benjamin David Beydler, 86, passed away peacefully on August 7 at the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Ben was born and raised in Bridgewater and he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine “Jo” Beydler, his parents, Lester E. and Nell S. Beydler and an older brother, Lester Jr.

Ben enjoyed life and he often empowered friends and coworkers to help him transform challenges into accomplishments. He was a founding member of the Bridgewater Historical Society and Museum, the organization’s first president and a trustee. Ben also was an elder in the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, a life member for over 60 years at the Harrisonburg Elks Lodge and an Eagle Scout. After graduating from Bridgewater High School in 1949, he enlisted in the Coast Guard at the age of 17 and served during the Korean War.

Ben graduated from Bridgewater College in 1956 and later earned his Master’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1973. He served as a teacher and principal for over 30 years at a variety of schools in Augusta County.

After retiring as an educator, he and his wife, Jo, established the Virginia Publications wholesale book business in Staunton. The venture began as a hobby in the trunk of their car, but it ended up filling a much-needed void for tourism and history books from one end of the Commonwealth to the other. Their basement business provided thousands of books for clients ranging from Colonial Williamsburg to James Madison University. Ben also wrote and published a book about gold in the Commonwealth entitled Virginia Goldmines – A Historical Perspective.

Ben is survived by his stepson and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharon Hanger of Roanoke, a granddaughter, Brittany Hanger Frantz, her husband, Nathan and a great-granddaughter, Harper Elizabeth, of Roanoke, along with a grandson, Bryan Hanger, of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Also surviving are a nephew, Major General David Beydler U.S.M.C., his wife Kim Stevens Beydler and their two children, Shannon and Robert, as well as a niece, Leslie Beydler White, her husband Robert and their two children, Tyler and Preston.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 10, at the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church, 100 E. College St. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial services will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bridgewater Presbyterian Church and the Bridgewater Historical Society. Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater is handling arrangements.


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memorial service

Friday

10

Aug

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bridgewater Presbyterian Church

110 East College Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812


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Bridgewater Presbyterian Church

110 East College Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Bridgewater Historical Society

109 South Main Street
PO Box 102
Bridgewater, VA 22812
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