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Jacob "Jake" Donald Beighley

Jacob "Jake" Donald Beighley, 81, of Blackduck, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Evangelical Free Church in Blackduck with the Rev. Dwight Warden officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Evangelical Free Church in Blackduck and one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be, in the spring, in Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck..

The pallbearers will be Bob Beighley, Jeff Beighley, Kem Beighley, Larry Johnson, Paul Kay and Richard Vernlund.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was born Aug. 26, 1927, to Ben and Emma (Kupfer) Beighley in Blackduck. He attended country school in Moose Park Township. He logged and farmed until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954. He served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1955. He married Edna May Vernlund on Feb. 22, 1958, in Blackduck. Together they farmed and logged for the rest of his life. They often invited guests to the cutting shack for big meals. He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Blackduck, helping skid the logs for the original church and was a past member of the Blackduck Creamery Board. He was an expert marksman who enjoyed deer hunting as well as elk hunting in Colorado. He enjoyed the outdoors and farm work.

He is survived by his wife of Blackduck; children, Peggy (Darrell) Gross of Blackduck, Randy (Marilyn) Beighley of Bemidji, Sue (Todd) Wallin of Wamego, Kan., Jackie (Harold) Ferdig of Blackduck and Stacy Lossing of Blackduck; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Beighley of Blackduck; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Scott in 1980, and Gary in 1991; brothers, Tom, Harry and Ben Beighley; sisters, Dorothy Peterson, Emma Ferdig and Thora Ferdig; two sons-in-law and three grandsons.

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