Harry E. Beam, 83, of Watseka went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Lake Helen, FL.
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Harry was born March 11, 1930 in Hoopeston, a son of Edward S. and Effie F. Riggs Beam. He married Shirley Camp on October 13, 1951 in Hoopeston and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Roger (Donna) Beam of Dadeville, AL; three daughters, Dawn (Mike) Garner of Watseka, Jo Ellyn (Terry) Pheifer of Lake Helen, FL, and Holly Beam and partner Kelli Clark of Orange City, FL; daughter-in-law, Marie Beam of Watseka; seven grandchildren, Jennipher (Todd) Pangle of Waupaco, WI, Kari (Roy) Scott of Almond, WI, Stacy Beam, Ryan Garner and Samantha Garner all of Watseka, Alex (Ashley) Ulitzsch of Crescent City and Brandon Ulitzsch of Lake Helen, FL; seven step-grandchildren, Scott (Kim) Howell of Bessemer, AL, Todd (Tanya) Howell of Alexander City, AL, Joshua Clark and Harlie Clark of Alachua, FL, Todd (Christi) Pheifer of Crescent City, Stacy (Patrick) Laird of Watseka and Christopher Pheifer of Onarga; five great-grandchildren; and ten step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; five sisters; and one son, Edward Beam.
Mr. Beam was a member and Deacon at Pittwood Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Harry was employed at Uarco from 1952-1992. He also coached Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Girls Softball for many years, as well as served as a past school board member for Pittwood School and Unit #9 Schools. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Revs. Van Haas and Charles Ballengee will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Dell Cemetery in Iroquois with military graveside rites by the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
Memorials may be made to the Pittwood Christian Church, Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler or the donor's choice.
Please sign the online guestbook at knappfuneralhomes.com.
Segur-Knapp Funeral Home
219 South 4th Street
Watseka, IL 60970
Published in Times Republic on May 20, 2013