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Eli Lackland Beeding, Jr.

Eli Beeding, Jr. died at his home in Marble, CO on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. He was 85 years old.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Eli Lackland Beeding, Jr. was born on Dec. 17, 1928 at Sherman, TX to Eli Lackland Beeding, Sr. and Helen M. (Johnson) Beeding.

Eli married Joy Ann Leupold on Jan. 2, 1983 at San Antonio, TX. She survives at the family home in Marble.

Eli furthered his education after high school by attending Baylor University in Waco, TX and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.

Eli joined the United States Air Force in 1951. He became an aerospace physiologist and completed medical research projects at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM that involved pre-manned space flight with chimpanzees, high-altitude manned balloons, and a study on the impact of g-forces on the human body, the latter which landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records for sustaining the highest number of g-forces (82.6g in a water-braked rocket sled in 1958). Eli Lackland Beeding, Jr. retired as an officer from the Air Force in 1971 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He and Joy moved to Marble 18 years ago from San Antonio, TX. He was actively involved in the community and passionate about outdoor exercise.

Those thankful to have shared his life include his wife; Joy Beeding of Marble; his son, Ford Lackland Beeding and his wife Betty Jo Beeding of Ann Arbor, MI; his three daughters, Shari Elizabeth Clemons of San Antonio, TX, Andrea Joy Young and Amber Michelle Young; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley in Basalt, CO.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at http://www.taylorfuneralservice.com


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