John Erick Beahler, Nov. 23, 1950-Nov. 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 | 7:27 p.m. CST; updated 7:41 p.m. CST, Friday, November 15, 2013

John Erick Beahler, 62, of Columbia died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Boone Hospital Center.

Mr. Beahler was born Nov. 23, 1950, in El Paso, Texas, to Lee and Anne (Anderson) Beahler.

Mr. Beahler attended high school in Prince George, Va., and in Waynesville, Mo. He worked on river barges as a young man then traveled extensively. He later earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended graduate school at the Missouri School of Journalism. He was an accomplished wordsmith with a keen but quiet wit and an eye for the absurd. He had a knack for prying untold stories and beautiful quotes from his sources.

Mr. Beahler was a reporter at The Fulton Sun from 1987 to 1989. He worked as a writer and editor for Mizzou Weekly and Mizzou Magazine in the MU office of Publications and Alumni Communications for more than 20 years, retiring in 2010. He also worked as a freelance journalist and wrote several stories for Illumination, a magazine that highlights research and creative endeavors at MU.

He enjoyed canoeing and kayaking, particularly on the Missouri River.

Mr. Beahler is survived by his longtime partner, Kate King, of Columbia. His parents died earlier.

Private services will be held under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Palmeri Scholarship Fund, Missouri School of Journalism, Office of Development, 103 Neff Hall, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo., 65211.

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