Just before 3:20 p.m., Ray Beier Jr., 66, of Bellevue, was riding his 2013 Harley-Davidson tri-motorcycle east on U.S. 20 in Green Creek Township.
He pulled over to the side because of issues controlling the motorcycle and continued to drive on the berm for more than a mile before going off the road completely, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol News release.
The motorcycle went through a ditch and into a farmer’s field. Beier was thrown off the motorcycle when it overturned. He wasn’t wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, the release states.
The Fremont post of the Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash and troopers do not believe alcohol is a factor. The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, the county coroner, Clyde and Green Springs fire and Madison Motors Towing helped at the scene.
According to his obituary, Beier was born in Fremont, attended Thompson High School and graduated from Bellevue High School in 1969. He had retired from A Shulman in Bellevue.
On July 27, 2014, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Dean, whom he had married July 21, 1973.
Survivors include their two sons, Chad (Kelly) Beier and Christopher (Rhonda) Beier, all of Bellevue
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue, where the funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Mark Bogen officiating. Burial will be in Bellevue City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a Humane Society of the Donor's Choice or to Cancer Research.