May 20, 1928 ~ January 1, 2009
Born on May 20, 1928 in Oakland City, Indiana, the oldest of three children, Theodore Linden Beach was born to Clarence Linden Beach and Helen Clyde (Peavler) Beach. Ted passed away peacefully at his home on January 1, 2009. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Nettie Jane Oskin, and his brother Harold Eugene Beach.
Ted was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a young boy. He joined the Navy after graduating High School early at age 16. He became a Medical Corpsman attached to the 1st Marine Division in China during WWII. Ted returned to Indiana after being honorably discharged, working for 12 years at Chrysler Corporation in Indiana. He met and married Nettie Jane Oskin in 1952 and they had one daughter, Polly Ann. They moved to California in 1960, living in San Diego and Redondo Beach before settling in Hawthorne, California. Ted retired after 32 years at McDonald Douglas in Huntington Beach in 1993.
Ted was active in PTA and he helped with the Boy Scouts and his daughter's Girl Scout troop. He was Past Master of Hawthorne Lodge #647, Free & Accepted Masons where he was a proud recipient of the Hiram Award. He was currently a member of Beach Cities Lodge #753 in Manhattan Beach, where he received his Golden Veteran 50 year pin. He was also a member of the Al Malika Shriner's of Los Angeles. Ted and Jane loved camping out in the Mojave Desert, spending many pleasurable camping trips, and making many friends along the way. He also was an avid Ham Radio Operator, having the call sign KG6AT; he enjoyed talking to people all over the world.
Ted is survived by his daughter, Polly (Greg) Martens, sister, Barbara Ann (Beach) Light of La Jolla, California, and granddaughters Andrea "Andi" Mary Martens, and Kathryn "Katie" Rae Martens as well as many family members and good friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at Beach Cities Masonic Center, 1535 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA, on January 11, 2009 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children www.shrinershq.org/hospital/main.