Richard L. Beam
Richard L. Beam
  • February 16, 1934 - July 6, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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RICHARD L. BEAM, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born in Roann, Indiana, in 1934 and graduated from Roann High School. He received an honorable discharge from the Army, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He received his B.S. from Manchester College in 1958 and M.A. from Ball State University in 1959. He later studied at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960 to 1962. He taught both physics and mathematics at Tri State College and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers afterwards, then went on to teach at the University of St. Francis. He was employed by Magnavox and retired from ITT as a scientific computer programmer in 1995. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society where he was active with the missions donation. He was a past member and president of the Foster Park Lions Club. He was also a dedicated pheresis donor.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; sons, Bob (Bonnie) and Jon (Teri); grandchildren, Tony Beam, Jesse (Jenn)Beam, Isaac Beam, and Martina Beam; and sister, Sandra Bartlett of Greentown, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Delta Beam; brothers, Eugene and Edward; and sisters, Marjorie Gidley and Edna Dyson.

Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave., with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary service at 4 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Masses, the Northeast Indiana Cancer Society or Matthew 25.