Thomas E. Beeler

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Obituaries in Greencastle, PA | Echo Pilot

Thomas Edward Beeler, 83, of Anacortes, passed peacefully on Monday, March 6th at his residence with his loving daughters by his side. He was born on September 22, 1939 in Washington, DC, the son of Samuel and Reiman (Stouffer) Beeler; and brother to three siblings. Thomas received his BA in physics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and his Masters in Mathematics from University of Washington. Over a span of 40 plus years, Thomas careered in the aerospace industry as an engineer with Boeing, NASA, Northrup Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, North American Rockwell, and others on various contracts in their defense electronics and aerospace sectors.

He met the love of his life, Nola, hiking September 27, 1977 at Mount Baker. Nola and Tom discovered they had much in common: camping, hiking, skiing, and folk dancing. The couple married soon after on June 17, 1978 at Gasworks park in Seattle. The Beelers were active members of the Mountaineers and Unitarian Church in Shoreline. Tom hobbied in fishing, flying small planes, furniture restoration, repairing appliances and electronics, and home remodeling. He loved a great cup of black coffee, a good beer, and playing and watching baseball and golf. Tom was very involved with the Kiwanis Club after moving to Anacortes eleven years ago. He was delighted to serve the Anacortes community though his hobbies.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Nola, and sister Joyce. He is survived by his daughters: Karina and Annalisa; four grandchildren: Haley, Carter, Ahren, Ember; his siblings: John (Jay) and Margaret; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be laid to rest at Fernhill Cemetery next to his wife.

A scattering ceremony will be held on Friday, 3/31/23 at 11:30am on the Guemes Island ferry and 10:00 a.m. 5/5/23 at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, PA. To share memories of Thomas sign the online guestbook at

Posted online on March 24, 2023

Published in The Record Herald