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Aubrey Beall Obituary
AUBREY T BEALL Aubrey T. (Ted) Beall passed away on Dec. 10, 2017, from congestive heart failure at the age of 98. He was a resident of the Oroville area for almost 70 years. He was born on June 10, 1919, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Raised as an only child by Aubrey and Iris Beall, he was shaped by the Depression Era and his love for the outdoors. He is survived by Helen, his wife of 65 years; four children (Connie, Jock, Kay, and Scott); his granddaughter Fiona, and great grandsons Griffin and Benjamin. His cousin and close childhood friend Virginia Childs preceded him in death. Ted attended John Hopkins and University of Arkansas, earning a degree in chemical engineering. He lived in Arizona and Los Angeles prior to moving to Butte County in 1948. He married Helen Reid of Chico in 1952 and they initially lived on a small cattle ranch on the shores of Lake Wyandotte. He later built a home just east of Oroville, where the family lived for 60 years, and raised cattle, almonds, and fruit. Ted worked as an engineer for National Wood Treating/Koppers Company; then spent 10 years as a project engineer on the diver-sion tunnels and under-ground powerhouse at the Oroville Dam. He was a construction inspector for the Louisiana Pacific sawmill and later for the Oroville School District, overseeing the rebuild-ing of Ophir School and buildings at Oroville and Las Plumas high schools. He also worked on the construction of the Feather River Commun-ity College in Quincy. Ted was a longtime member of the Operating En-gineers Union Local # 3. Ted spent many days hunting and fishing across northern Califor-nia, including pheasant hunting in the rice fields of Richvale, trolling across Lake Oroville, and trout fishing in the Sierras. However, his passion was duck hunting, most always at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area and, in later years (into his 90's), as a member of the Rare Duck Club near Maxwell. Although he often hunted and fished alone, Ted loved to interact with people and make them laugh. In retirement, Ted and Helen enjoyed traveling under the Elderhostel Program. Ted also spent many days playing tennis with friends at Bedrock Park. A lifelong Democrat, in his later years Ted relished discussions of current events and politics at the Crackerbarrel Club in Chico. The family wishes to thank the members of the Rare Duck Club for their friendship and help in extending Ted's ability to continue duck hunting. He also enjoyed the staff and patrons at the Oroville Sports Club. Lastly, thanks to the staff of the Oroville Hospital Post Acute Care Center for his care preceding his passing. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 17th at the Oroville First United Methodist Church.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 21, 2018
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