Thomas S. Beedle, Age77, a resident of Chillicothe, MO died on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Liberty Hospital. He was born on July 31, 1934 in Kansas City, MO the son of Richard and Mary Juanita (Gann) Beedle. In 1964 he married Ina Sparks. At a young age his father died and his mother married Arthur Dryden of Chillicothe, MO and he grew up on the Dryden farm in Sampsel Township.
Tom was a 1952 graduate of Chillicothe High School and was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1954-1958. He was an employee of Ford Motor Company working at the Claycomo, MO plant from 1959-1990. After 31 years of employment he enjoyed 21 years of retirement traveling to bull riding events, rodeos and prestigious cattle auctions. He was a avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and was a 42 year season ticket holder. Tom enjoyed sharing his Kansas City Chiefs tickets with his family and friends.
He was active in FFA and financially supported it in later years. While on the farm he was well known for his registered Polled Hereford cattle. He won many awards showing cattle in many venues and showed the Grand Champion Polled Hereford bull at the Missouri State Fair.
Tom was a member of several organizations including the American Legion Post #25, the M.A.N. organization, the Masonic Lodge, the United Auto Workers Local 249, and the Livingston County Men’s Democratic Club.
Survivors include one brother, James A Dryden of Chillicothe, MO; his companion Maxine Christopher and her family of Chillicothe, MO; close friends and cousins Ed and Kathy (Dryden) Sharp of Lawson, MO and John and Cathy Dryden of Chillicothe, MO; as well as other numerous cousins and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, and his wife
Friends may call from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Heritage Funeral Home located at 3141 N. Washington Street, Chillicothe, MO. A family visitation will be held from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. on this date. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in rural Chillicothe.
Memorials may be made to Curtis Cemetery, Mt. Olive Cemetery or Mt Olive United Methodist Church and either mailed or left at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe, MO.