Noah Lee Beam, Jr of Girard went to his Lord after a short illness on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was 82 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noah Beam and Winifred Marlowe Beam; son, Gary Beam; brothers, James and Clifton Beam; and sister, Marlene Smith. Noah is survived by his wife of 59½ years, Mary Mitcho Beam; brother, Luther Beam of Cookeville, Tenn.; sister Veronia Woody of Crossville, Tenn.; son Dr. Kevin Beam and wife, Kim Beam of Midlothian, Va.; daughter-in-law, Susie Chong Sun Beam of Watsonville, Calif.; daughter, Cheryl Dean and husband Rev. Roger Dean of Versailles, Ind.; and grandchildren, Jamie Lee Beam, and Daniel and Sarah Dean. Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1930, Noah was raised in Crossville, Tenn. where he helped support his family by working in a lumber yard and in a rock quarry. Leaving home at the age of sixteen, he worked at the Delco Remy plant in Dayton, Ohio. Noah moved to Albion and went to work at Gunnison Brothers Tannery in Girard in 1950 where he met his future wife, Mary. Drafted into the Army in 1951, Noah honorably served the Nation he loved for 22 months including 18 months in-country during the Korean War. After the War, he returned to Erie where he worked at American Tinning and Galvanizing until he began a 28 year career as a machine operator and night foreman at Penn Brass and Copper / Penn Aluminum until it closed in 1986. He also worked part-time as a home framer for Pat Luciano. Finally, he sold insurance until his retirement. Noah was a proud life member of both, the Springfield VFW Post#4965, and the Girard American Legion Post #494. The mark of a man may be defined by the respect he earns. Many with whom he worked at Penn Brass say to this day that he was the best boss they ever had. Nephews and friends' sons who had lost their fathers would call Noah, and he themâ€¦ just to talk. Finally, when someone needed help, they would call Noah. Friends may call on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Girard Post 494, American Legion, 42 Wall Street, Girard, PA 16417; Families of the Wounded Fund, Inc., c/o Village Bank, P.O. Box 330, Midlothian, VA 23113, Tax ID #: 32-0157288 (see www.fotwf.org) or VFW Post 4965, 13755 Chestnut St, West Springfield 16443. To send condolences visit www.edderfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 7, 2013