Kristan Funeral Home - Mundelein
219 West Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060
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1946 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
John R. Beeson, 67,passed away on Wednesday, November 13th after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born to his late parents, Theron and Dorothy Beeson, on January 28, 1946 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. As an infant he moved to Paris, Illinois where his father owned the Edgar County Seed Company. John attended Eastern Illinois University, where he founded Eta Mu chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. He remained an active alumnus of Sigma Chi throughout his life and was awarded the Order of Constantine for his fraternal work. After receiving his juris doctorate from St. Louis University he became an officer in the United States Army's Judge Advocate General Corps. During his 21 year career he received an LLM in military law and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His specialized work in counterterrorism and training military police were foundational for battling many of the challenges our nation faces today. During his college years John met his partner in life, Patricia Vanderhoof, and they were married in 1970. They were blessed with two children, Adam and Katherine. Upon his retirement from the US Army in 1991, John and his family made Mundelein, IL their long term home. While there he was active coaching and officiating youth sports, participating in local government, working with the local VFW and American Legion, volunteering for a variety of Republican candidates and perpetuating his family's mantra of giving back to the community. John is survived by his wife Patricia Beeson, children Adam (Katrina) Beeson, Katherine Owen and grandchildren Emily, Madelyn, Lilah and Everett. Memorial services and visitation are scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2013 at Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Route 45 on Route 176), Mundelein between 4 and 7 PM. He will be buried on Tuesday, November 19 at Fort Sheridan Cemetery in Highland Park at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the John Beeson Memorial Gift, Sigma Chi Foundation, 1714 Hinman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201. For information, visit or call 847-566-8020.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2013
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