Apr.17, 1924 – Apr. 3, 2021
Kenneth F. Beightol, 96, of Duncansville, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2021. He was born in Spring Mills, Centre County, and was the son of the late Lewis and Cora (Frazier) Beightol of Millheim. He was preceded in death by brothers Stellard and Eugene of Pleasant Gap, sister Twila (Brooks) of DuBois, and an infant son, Ronald.
Ken is survived by Ethel (Krape), his loving wife of 73 years. The couple met while residing on adjoining farms near Zion. They spent their lives together surrounded by family and countless friends, most of whom have passed on. He is also survived by Ronald’s twin, Donald Beightol (Victoria) of Alum Creek, WV and daughter Debra Wade (Russell) of Duncansville. Also left to cherish his memory are granddaughters Ashley Hargreaves (Jacob) of Altoona, and Allison Wade of Pittsburgh.
His namesake grandson, Andrew Kenneth Beightol, of Alum Creek, WV has many fond memories of activities with his grandpa. He also left a void in the hearts of step-granddaughter April Meadows of South Charleston, WV and great-grandchildren Quinn and Harrison of Altoona and Ava of Alum Creek, WV.
Ken graduated from East Penns Valley High School on May 21, 1942 where he played basketball, was on the yearbook staff, and was a member of the Future Farmers of America. After Ken and Ethel’s marriage on November 28, 1947 at the Krape farm in Zion, the couple moved to DuBois for eighteen years, where Ken operated heavy equipment on various coal mines for brother-in-law Raymond Brooks. After the coal business waned, he was briefly employed by Triangle Springs Corporation before landing a job driving a dray truck for Atlantic Richfield Corporation. He was promoted to driving an 8,000-gallon tanker and moved his family to Duncansville in 1968 where he retired from Atlantic Richfield after more than 25 years of service. He was particularly proud of his safe driving record.
Ken was a Master Mason at Hollidaysburg Lodge 282 F&AM, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in DuBois and Hicks United Methodist Church in Duncansville. He loved hunting and fishing and outdoor activities and was an avid boater. Numerous trips to Canada were made with family and friends pursuing pike and walleye. He also enjoyed fishing for crappie and bass with son Donald in Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia.
He and Ethel liked to travel and made numerous road trips to watch granddaughters Ashley and Allison play volleyball and grandson Andrew play baseball.
At the request of the family, there will be no public services. Arrangements by Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg.
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