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Originally published: 2014-02-04 15:07:11
Last modified: 2014-02-04 15:07:56

Henry E. Beuttel Jr.

Henry E. "Hank" Beuttel Jr., 78, of Johnson City, Tenn., died at home on Saturday evening, Jan. 25, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Hank Beuttel was born in Atlantic City, N.J., on Jan. 22, 1936; the oldest son of the late Ruth Ann (Cordery) Beuttel and Henry Ernest Beuttel Sr. He was raised in Pleasantville, N.J. In his adult years, Hank lived in Miami, Fla., and Boone, before moving to Johnson City in 2012.

In addition to his parents, his daughter, Barbara Jean Beuttel, preceded him in death in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy Schmeisser Beuttel, son, John Beuttel, and granddaughter, Lauren, of Johnson City. Also surviving are his two sons from his first marriage, Stephen C. Beuttel (wife Patsy Brown) of Centreville, Va., and Michael H. Beuttel (wife Teri) of Kennesaw, Ga., along with their two children Jessica Beuttel and David Beuttel. His brother, Dr. Stephen C. Beuttel (wife Lois) of Winston Salem, and their three children, Ashley, William, and Charles also survive Hank Beuttel.

The love of music was ever present in Hank's life. In the 1950s during his high school years, he began playing trumpet in dance orchestras in Atlantic City. He then attended one of the leading schools of music, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. In Boone, he directed several church choirs; among them were Boone United Methodist and Deerfield United Methodist.

His hobbies included reading, composing music, writing, storytelling, and gardening. He was a collector of Triumph TR-3A's and enjoyed sailing and flying. He learned to fly in Miami and joined Eastern Airlines, where over the course of 22 years he flew the Electra, the 727, the Tri-Star and the DC-9. He retired as captain on the DC-9.

There will be a celebration of life service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, led by Pastor Derek Boggs at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 115 E King St, Boone, NC 28607. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the fellowship hall. All attending are invited to stay for light refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hank Beuttel Music Scholarship Fund or the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, both at the church address listed above.

Condolences can be sent to Grace Lutheran where they will be forwarded to the family.