RICHMOND—Ernest William Beuchelt of Richmond passed away on July 22, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family.
Ernie was born in Baltimore on September 21, 1954, and was preceded in death by his father, former Maryland Delegate and the assistant to many mayors of Baltimore, Walter Beuchelt; his mother, Lurline Beuchelt; and his brother, Walter Beuchelt Jr.
Ernie was an avid lover of sports, especially one he knew all too well, football. During his time attending Richmond County High School, Ernie was a gifted football player, a player that many have commented, were convinced and questioned over the years why he opted not to play professionally.
Instead, Ernie achieved his happiness spending time with family as well as an enormous group of friends in the Northern Neck and beyond. Ernie was gifted in something much bigger than football, however. Anybody that knew him loved him. It seemed he always cared for others before he focused on his own.
In addition, Ernie played baseball, golf and enjoyed the thrill of flying while attending college, later finding his hobby in fishing with his son, as well as his closest friend Ralph “Earl” Brown, in the Rappahannock and Corrotoman Rivers.
Ernie began his career working within the insurance industry, a career that provided him with the script to meet so many within the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula, a script later found to be the recipe for caring for others and developing the lasting friendships that were miraculously formed.
For many years, Ernie donated to the American Red Cross, that he not only was proud of, yet found to be one of his biggest achievements during his life.
Ernie spent the majority of his career working in the security industry within the Northern Neck, ending as a contractor for Northrup Grumman in Newport News and Suffolk.
A loving father, grandfather and brother, Ernie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jen Beuchelt, a grandson whom Ernie loved dearly, Brendan; a big-hearted sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Ahmad Golgiri; his favorite niece, Deeda Golgiri; and two of the best nephews, Amir and Hamid Golgiri. Ernie is also survived by his girlfriend and soulmate whom he cherished dearly, Nancy Ohland.
Ernie loved his family and friends. Many would receive a call from Ernie every week like clockwork. There were two other families that Ernie cared for and loved like his own throughout the years, the Browns and Mills, both of Maryland and Virginia.
The family would like to thank the staff at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond. The service and love they provided to Ernie and his family was impeccable.
Ernie loved attending picnics and cookouts during the summers throughout the years with family, friends and colleagues.
A celebration of life and a cookout for Ernie will be held on September 9 at the Belle Isle State Park – Humphreys Pavilion from 2-4 p.m. Cost to enter the park for the event will be covered by the family. Those with special needs or questions regarding the event can call 804-238-8330 for further details.
Memorial donations can be made in Ernie’s honor to the Northern Neck American Red Cross.
“A good man.”