Elsie Irene Beougher, 75, of Rockford, died early Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born March 3, 1943, in Decatur, Indiana, the daughter of Delbert and Catherine (Banning) Thatcher. She was a graduate of the last class of Rockford High School, the Class of 1961.
On July 6, 1963, she married Lowell Beougher, and he survives in Rockford. They enjoyed a life together for almost 56 years.
In her high school years, Elsie could be found at Van Fleet Drug
Store in Rockford, behind the soda fountain, dishing out sweets and
making all kinds of milkshakes and phosphates for all the kids and
adults who came for a treat. After graduation, she worked at Thrifty
Feeds and Occidental Chemical Plants, both in Rockford. She then began
her career in management at Central Insurance in Van Wert, where she
worked for 21 years before retiring in 2004. Elsie made the area her
home her entire life, where she and Lowell raised two wonderful
children, Tracy and Curtis. She attended Praise Point Church in
Willshire, Ohio, and over the years, Elsie and Lowell hosted six foreign
exchange students, with whom she still kept in touch. Three of the
exchange students were from Chile, two were from Finland, and one was
from Thailand. They enjoyed the experience of bringing these children
into their home and learning about their homeland and enjoyed all the
fun things they did with them and their own children. Elsie loved her
little dog Tucker, who was beside her always, and especially since her
illness—he would lay by her side in bed, and always kept watch over her
. . . .
Deceased is her son, Curtis Beougher; five brothers: Reynold,
Preston, Alvin, Joe, and an infant brother, Monte; and three sisters:
Bonnie Sutton, Juanita Cable, and Rose Johnson.
Private graveside services will be held for the family at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to The Shanes Park Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 16, Rockford, Ohio, 45882.
Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com
Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, is handling Elsie’s services.
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