Beutler, Thomas A. 1945-2019

ROCK PORT, Mo - Thomas Albert "Tom" Beutler, 73, of Rock Port, passed away Aug. 13, 2019, at an Omaha, Nebraska hospital.

He was born in Verdon, Nebraska on Dec. 28, 1945, to Claude and Flora (German) Beutler.

Tom graduated from Shubert, Nebraska High School.

On Sept. 27, 1997, Tom married Virginia "Jenny" Welch. She survives of their Rock Port home.

Additional survivors include: children, Rick (Robin) Shirley, Tammy (Jay) Schaff, Leo Shirley, Tony Shirley, Jennifer Welch, Tom (Sally) Beutler, Lisa (Jerry) Christiansen, Bruce (Beth) Beutler and Regi Beutler; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Connie) Beutler; sisters, Donna Lee Handley and Claudia (Jerry) Huppert; nieces, nephews, and a community of friends.

Preceding him in death were: his parents; and nephew, Bobby Whitten.

Tom was pastor of the Watson Baptist Church and also the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, Iowa.

He had previously worked in sales for Imports International.

Family visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Watson Baptist Church.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Watson Baptist Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Beutler family or the Watson Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.