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Agnew E. Beavens

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Agnew E. “Beanie” Beavens, 87, of Montrose Manor passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2013 in Golden Living Center where he was a guest since April. He was the husband of the late Gloria E. (Bruder) Beavens who passed away in April of 2003. Born in Reading March 8, 1926 and raised in Grill, PA, he was an only child to Agnew and Bertha (White) Beavens. He attended Berks PolyTech in Wyomissing and was a self employed general contractor and was also employed by C-Allied as a foreman retiring in 1998. Beanie served in the United States Army during World War II and completed infantry rifleman training at Fort McClellan, Alabama in December of 1943. He was a member of the elite 517th Parachute Regiment Combat Team serving in Italy. On D-Day, August 15, 1944, Beavens parachuted into Southern France with the 460th Field Artillery Battery A, 517th PRCT took place operation Dragoon, The Champagne Campaign in Southern France, and Battle of the Bulge. In 1945 after being stationed with the 82nd airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Beavens became an original member of the United States Army’s first parachute demonstration team, the School Troops Battalion, “Jumping Gypsies” and spent a year performing at air shows until his honorable discharge December 16, 1946 as Sergeant Headquarters Company 501st at Parachute Infantry Battalion. He was the author of Jumping Gypsy Journel from March 1943 to December 1946. An outdoorsman since boyhood, Beanie was the founding member of the Grill Rod and Gun Club and served as president for 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting at the cabin in Clinton County, PA. Mr. Beavens spent 22 years with family and friends in Longneck, Delaware enjoying crabbing, clamming, fishing, boating and barbecues. He was a big fan of the Shillington Red Sox. He is survived by his daughters Pamela L. Beavens with whom he last resided and Brenda L. Mack wife of the late Stephen R. Mack of Reading. He is also survived by his grandchildren Stephenie L. Zerbe wife of Wayne Zerbe of Reading and Brett M. Mack husband of Lori Mack of Reading along with his great grandchildren Riley A. Mack and Taylor A. Mack. Beanie was preceded in death by his Redbone Coonhound and constant companion Ozzie. Cemetery: Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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