James Philip Beaman, 86, of Fairbanks passed away on Jan. 7, 2014 in Fairbanks. Jim was born Oct. 24, 1927 in Cataract, Ind. to James and Etta Beaman.
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Jim attended a one-room schoolhouse and often helped the teacher by teaching some of the lower grades. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to1947. During his youth, Jim worked many different jobs including hauling freight, building railroad cars, and manufacturing.
He married Velma Chandler on April 29, 1950 in Fortville, Ind. He was hired by RCA and trained as an electronics technician. In 1959, he took a job with the FAA, moved his family to Alaska, and they made it their home.
Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, living the true Alaskan lifestyle. He built a number of homes on his own, including a log cabin for daughter, Jane. He was a true fix-it man. He enjoyed reading, playing guitar, playing pool, traveling in their motorhome, and he loved country music. Jim also spent many hours at his favorite hobby, trap shooting. He became involved with the local trap club in 1984 and earned many honors over the next 25 years. After retirement, Jim and Velma traveled all over the U.S. and Jim shot at many clubs. In 2007 Jim was inducted into the Alaska State PITA Hall of Fame.
Jim was a true family man and vacations were always centered around visits with family. He was the oldest of ten siblings who all, throughout their lives, looked up to him as a role model.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Velma; parents, James and Etta Beaman; sisters, Frances Campbell, Glatis Webb, and brothers, Frank Beaman and Richard Beaman.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and John Palm, of Florida; Janice and Jerry Cleworth, of Fairbanks; and Cathy and Tom McDermott, of Arizona. He also leaves grandchildren and their spouses, Angela and John Chiment, of North Pole; Kyla and David Fague, of Spokane; Sarah and Brian Albert, of Fairbanks; Shawn and Ingrid McDermott, of Arizona; and Jared McDermott, of Arizona, as well as great-grandchildren, Claire, Jacob and Evan Fague; Elayna, Killian and Cayden McDermott; Cade Albert, and Liam Chiment.
He is also survived by brothers and their spouses, Fred and Kay Beaman, of Indiana; Robert and Melba Beaman, of Mississippi; Lloyd and Lyanne Beaman, of Arizona; Paul Beaman, of Texas; and sister and her husband, Marilyn and Mike Lloyd, of Texas. Additionally, he is survived by his late wife's sister, brothers and their spouses as well as many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 at Chapel of Chimes, followed by interment at Birch Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to
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Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on June 15, 2014
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