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William J. Beidler, Jr.

Obituary for William J. Beidler, Jr.

September 11, 1925 - August 25, 2019
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 93


William J. "Bill" Beidler, Jr., 93, of Manchester, passed away on August 25, 2019 at Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center after a period of declining health.

He was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 11, 1925 to William and Lydia (Crozier) Beidler. He grew up in Philadelphia where he graduated from public schools then lived in Manchester for most of his life.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II at the age of 17. He served for three years, two of which were in the South Pacific theater. He was stationed on several Navy signal towers and later on the U.S.S. Taladega as a signalman. His ship participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the occupation of Japan and the "Magic Carpet" transport of troops back to the U.S. at the end of the war.

Bill worked with the Pearl Assurance Insurance Company of London, England for five years and for Firemans Fund Insurance Company for 35 years, retiring in 1987. He was president of the Mountain Insurance Field Club in 1962.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and received a 50 year membership certificate in 2006. He was very proud of his service in the Navy and Boy Scouts.

Bill loved music, especially big band, swing and jazz, photography, writing, woodworking, his Navy reunions and dances at the Sweeney Post. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.

He was a longtime member of the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8214 and the Concordia Masonic Lodge 67 in Philadelphia. He was also a dedicated member of the First Congregational Church in Manchester for 55 years.

He was predeceased by his wife of 31 years, Dorothy I. (Robinson) Beidler in 1978; a son, William "Billy" Beidler in 2002 and his brother, Jack Beidler in 1999.

The family includes his loving son, James W. Beidler and his wife, Lisa, of Manchester; a grandson, Jonathan Harry; nieces, Judith Mayer and Patricia Jones and her husband, David.

The funeral was held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester. Committal prayers followed at Pine Grove Cemetery, Calef Road, Manchester.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Dr., Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

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  • American Cancer Society
    2 Commerce Dr., Suite 110
    Bedford, NH 03110

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Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory

1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104
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