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Ludwig Beeson

Ludwig W. "Lud" Beeson

Friday, March 13th, 1931 - Sunday, August 11th, 2019
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AKWESASNE – Ludwig W. Beeson, 88, of 378 State Route 37, passed away early Sunday morning, August 11, 2019 at The Alice Center in Malone.

Lud was born March 13, 1931 in Chicago, the son of the late Walter Beeson and Helen Ludwig. He attended schools in Chicago and achieved his GED while in the Air Force. On April 14, 1948, he entered the United States Air Force, serving his country during the Vietnam War and the Korean Conflict. He retired on July 21, 1968 after 20 years of service. On October 6, 1951, while stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, he married Sylvia P. Heffelfinger in the base chapel.

After his career retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Lockhead – Martin for a time until becoming the Head of Security at First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo, in Phoenix. He and Sylvia lived in the Phoenix area for many years after retirement, moving to Akwesasne 17 years ago where he became active within the community as a member of the Hogansburg Akwesasne Fire Department, Andrew W. Cook American Legion Post #1479, and the VFW Post #1143. He was an avid car enthusiast, both the full size and model cars.

Lud is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia; his sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Kathy Beeson of Prescott Valley, Arizona; Terry and Ingried Beeson of Slinger, Wisconsin; Julius “Jeb” and Vicki Beeson of Akwesasne; and David Beeson of Prescott, Arizona; 8 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Landon Beeson and his sister, Phyllis Wilson.

Friends may call Wednesday 4-7:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where members of the American Legion Post #1479 will conduct a memorial ritual at 6:30 PM. There will be no funeral services. Burial will be held privately in the Veteran’s Section of St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Akwesasne. His family kindly invites friends to his memorial meal on Thursday 2:00 PM at the American Legion in Akwesasne.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department or the local Legacy Veterans Motorcycle Club.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 6:30pm
    Donaldson Funeral Home
    100 North Main Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Veterans Memorial Ritual
  • Interment

    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    St. Regis Road
    HOGANSBURG, NY 13655
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  • Reception

    American Legion
    Route 37
    Akwesasne, NC 13655
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    Memorial Meal on Thursday 2:00 PM


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john lavair

Posted at 05:50pm

Norma Goodson

Posted at 04:32pm
We were so fortunate to travel several years with Lud and Syl spending our winters in Az. We were a small group of couples that spent our days having fun now that we had raised our children and had a freedom to do whatever we desired so our days were so much fun going shopping, taking trips, going to wine tasting, playing dominoes, doing crafts and having white elephant sales. Lud was always so much fun to be with and could be serious when he felt so.. When he lost his dog we saw a man with tears in his eyes and when talking about his grandchildren there was love in those eyes. He was a joy to be around and is sadly missed.

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