Barbara Beichley, 71, of Linn Creek, MO, formerly of Gladbrook, IA, passed away at her residence on Monday, March 23, 2020. Private family visitation and graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Funeral services are being planned for when the Governor's mandate is lifted. Arrangements are entrusted to the Gladbrook Chapel of Anderson Funeral Homes. We encourage you to leave online condolences at www.andersonfhs.com.
Barb was born April 27, 1948, to Robert and Helen (Sieh) Harder in Marshalltown, IA. She grew up on the family farm near Gladbrook and graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1966. Barb attended Ellsworth Junior College and graduated in 1968 with an associated marketing degree. She was employed at Younkers in Des Moines for a couple of years before continuing her college education at William Penn University graduating in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree. Barb then taught at William Penn University in the home economics department. She obtained her masters of science in family environment from Iowa State University in 1974. In 1975, Barb started working at the ISU Extension where she was employed for approximately 10 years. She was then hired as executive director of the Marshalltown Community College Foundation where she was employed for over 26 years, until her retirement in 2012. Barb was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Duane Beichley, on May 31, 1969. They had one son, Brent Beichley. Barb enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed shopping, antiquing, reading, and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks, where Barb and Duane made their home following retirement. Barb loved her family and her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Barb is survived by her husband, Duane of Linn Creek, MO; son Brent (Susan) Beichley of Gladbrook; grandchildren Jayden and Jenna Beichley. She is also survived by one sister, Judy (William) Chaplin; one brother, Rollin (Sharon) Harder; brothers-in-law Lynn (Donna) Beichley and Darwin (Charlene) Beichley; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives. Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Helen Harder; her mother and father-in-law, Lester and Doris Beichley; nephews Aaron Beichley and Gregory Stowell.
Barb and I were active in 4-H together. We performed a team demonstration at the Iowa State Fair together. Have thought of her often, but life took us in different directions and miles apart. Blessing to her family. Janet Mehaffy Pryor Des Moines, New Mexico
I have many great memories of Barb, way back to when she was our babysitter! I will remember her pleasant smile and always a minute to visit (at MCC). Thoughts to her family.. Audrey
To: Rollin, Judy, Duane, and Brent; In the coming days you will hear many stories from people of how Barb positively touched their lives and how grateful they are. You'll also hear from other people who won't share the reasons why they are so very grateful for her life as well. Probably more than you'll ever know. I hope you can find some comfort in that.
Duane and Brent....I am heartbroken for you. I am so blessed to have had her as a friend. So many wonderful memories ...especially of our antiquing road trips. Her passing will leave a huge whole in my life. You will be in my prayers. Rest in peace, Barbie Lou
Duane and Brent …. we are heartbroken to learn of Barb's passing, Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this dark time. Whenever I think of Barb I can only smile know her kindness, warmth and friendship Rest in Peace Barb.
A wonderful lady and great memories.
Matthew and Karen Poole, Mesa, Arizona
We are saddened by the news of the loss of Barb. She was so gifted and talented at whatever she attempted and put this to use in her profession and family life. Many fond memories of happy times together with our group of friends.
Tom and Liz Epperly, Pella, Iowa
We are glad to have the memories from being together last September.
Jim & Suzie Harder
Duane and Brent....very sorry to learn of your loss of Barb...a good friend to all. Peggy and my thoughts and prayers with you.
Doug & Peggy Lynch
Duane, Chuck and I are so sorry and shocked to read of Barb’s death. We will always remember what a wonderful fun friend she was. We are thinking of you and pray God wraps his loving arms around you.
Duane, Brent, and family - I was so sad to hear the news of Barb's passing. I didn't realize she was sick, so it was quite a shock. She did such a great job of keeping in touch and I have so many wonderful memories of her. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bike, so sorry to here of Barbs passing.
Duane, Brent and Susan, and dear grandchildren, We all have so many rich memories of days when Barb was involved in our lives and activities. I learned so much from her when we worked together on behalf of the MCC Foundation. I treasure those memories and know that what she taught and modeled for me were worth more than gold. There are many adjectives to describe her -- the first that comes to mind is gracious -- she was the epitome of graciousness! Memories and tears -- we're all sharing them with you. Lorraine Schultz
Duane and Brent, Sending you sympathy and prayers are you grieve Barb's passing. I was shocked when a friend shared that news as I am out of town. Gene and I knew her as a great educator in family and consumer science with Marshall County Extension and Outreach Service. She shared so much with families in Marshall County and was a good influence with the 4-H members in their formative years of learning. Joann Neven and Gene too.
I am so sorry to hear about Barbs passing, I worked with her at MCC , she was great to work with and we shared lots of good times, there was nothing she thought couldn't be done. Will miss her.
My prayers go out to Duane and family.
Duane, and family, I am so saddened to hear of Barbs passing. So many wonderful memories of times together. May God's love comfort you in this difficult time.
We are shocked and saddened at the loss of such a wonderful lady!! Our hearts and prayers go out to Duane and Brent and all of her family!! John and Janet Siert & Family
I am greatly saddened to hear of this. Barb was my friend from Iowa Valley. We had so many lunches out together & such laughter. She was a positive spirit in my life. She never forgot to send me a birthday card, I couldn’t figure out for a few years how she knew. Well, duh! She had access to the entire IVCCD staff :) We shared stories of our children’s big events, graduations, marriages, babies, etc. She was so proud of Brent’s family & so loved Duane. I will remember her smiling face.
Sympathies to your family from the Barbara Club. We always enjoyed her uplifting presence and laughter at our gatherings. Plus she always brought a delicious creative dish to our potluck! Barb Hawkins
So sorry to read of Barb's passing. She was a bright light, back to Gladbrook basketball in 1964.
We are heart broken in the loss of such a beautiful dear friend. We're so sorry we didn't know of her illness so we could have been supportive of you. May God comfort you with peace as time passes. Our deepest sympathies.
John and Gloria Stewart
Barb was a great lady and will be missed. Spent many "Let's Listen to Lennox" radio programs talking about Extension programs, as well as the MCC Foundation. My deepest sympathy to the family.
My prayers go out to you and your family. Janice (Daniel) Ege
Such a deep loss of a great and classy woman. We will miss her cards - especially the flamingo ones. We will miss her joy of life and her acceptance. Prayers for Duane and family in this difficult time.
George Johnson/Richard Brown
We are so sorry to here about Barb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, our thoughts are remembering when we went to Reno with you all, and Doug pulling all the tricks on Barb, we had so much fun and she will be missed
Doug and Esther Betts
We are shocked by this news and so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful person! When they moved us nursing faculty into her area many years back , she was not too sure , but we became very good friends and have stayed in touch on Facebook . She was a classy lady and will be missed!
Duane & Brent......so sorry to hear about Barb's passing. Prayers abundantly coming your way.
Gary, Dee, Katy Lynk
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