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John B. Bean Naples, FL

John B. Bean, 93, passed away at Avow Hospice, Naples, FL on May 16, 2013, surrounded by his family. A pilot, he was 'wheels up'and on his journey to the heavens precisely at 8:30 a.m., not a second before or after what the flight plan called for.

Preceded in death by eldest daughter, Molly Bean Borgeson (Dale).

Survived by wife, Ruth Leslie Bean; children, Robin Nelson, John (Babette), James (Catherine), Connie Connors (Tim), and Bridget Bean; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

He thought of himself as an ordinary man and rarely spoke of his many achievements. In fact, he was a skilled pilot, a forward thinker who bought his last iPhone just a few months before his death, a man of faith, a man of true character, and a man who was a true character, a sometimes gruff, but giving, loving father, and an extraordinary husband of over 71 years and devoted care giver to the love of his life, Ruth Leslie Bean. He was also a supporter and sponsor of every community where he lived, but his philanthropy and participation were done with no fanfare or bluster because he did what he thought should be done with absolutely no desire for recognition.

Among his many achievements (forgive us Dad, but people should know) Outward Bound, trustee of Menninger Clinic, Boy Scouts Viking Counsel, President of National Business Aircraft Association, President of the Minneapolis Club, Chairman of Clan MacBean of North America, Commodore of the Naples Yacht Club, Board of Trustees of The Blake School, Trustee and founding member of the Guthrie Theater, supporter of the United Negro College Fund, First Officer Ocean of the Pan American Clipper flying boats, member of the Quiet Birdmen, Navy Lieutenant (JG) in the Navy Air Corps, Coast Guard volunteer pilot for search and rescue, Board of Directors and Vice President, International Division of International Milling (Multifoods) Company where he also created and was responsible for aviation operations. He learned and was certified to fly a multitude aircraft, from helicopters to piston engines to turbo props to jets.

A memorial service will be held at Bower Chapel, Moorings Park at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Moorings Park Employee Scholarship Fund; Avow Hospice of Naples, FL; The Blake Schools, Hopkins, MN; Minnesota Children's Hospital Foundation; or to the donor's choice.





Published in Naples Daily News on May 18, 2013.
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June 17, 2013
It was a pleasure getting to know Mr. Bean while working in the International Division. He was a very kind and generous man. Working under him was a great experience. I will always remember his warm "Good Morning" with a smile when he came into the office. My condolences to the Bean family. Evelyn Sarris
May 28, 2013
Jim and Bean family,I just learned of your Dad's passing. Hanging out at your house still hold some of my best childhood memories and your dad was always a strong presence.
Dick Horner
Proctor VT
May 27, 2013
Connie and family, What an amazing guy - and though I knew hardly any of those things he did, I guess I would have expected no less: cuz your mom and dad raised the most feet-on-the-ground, generous with laughter, morally anchored, and FUNNEST responsible person I know, my treasured friend from 4th grade to today, Constantinople Bean Connors. THIS is where you get it from, your truly wonderful parents. Thinking of you all with love,
Mary Shedd
May 25, 2013
In Memoriam - "To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check."--Author unknown John,my wife Kathy(nurse at Moorings Park)and I were honored to have met you and your lovely wife,Ruth. We had a very interesting conversation over dinner at St George & The Dragon just a few years ago. Listening to you recall some of your experiences as a Flying Boat pilot for Pan Am was a real treat for both of us, as we both were Pan Am employees. Only a handful of Pan Am Flying Boat Pilots left. Needless to say a very elite group of airmen. Although we didn't get to know you well, it is clearly evident that your personal accomplishments as a human being were just as extraodinary. God will lift you up on Eagle Wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,make you to shine like the sun,and hold you in the palm of His hand. Blue skies, John. Michael and Kathy Hunt Pan American World Airways/United Estero,FL
May 23, 2013
John, it was so good to learn about your side of the family and all the great things your father did. Now I know why you are so special. It was so great to talk with you at the reunion.
carol Eyster
May 22, 2013
William Bilden, Sr & Jr
May 21, 2013
Dear Robin, Bridget and the rest of the Bean family,
What a life of service to others your dad shared with the community and with each of you.
I am thinking of you.
Bruce Jones
May 21, 2013
John was one of the most down to earth gentleman i got to work for. he always enjoyed a new joke and we shared a passion for aircraft. he will always be remembered.
norman bembenek
May 20, 2013
There are few people you meet whom you might consider "A Living Legend", but Mr. Bean's family and friends might nominate John Bean as such. From the stories we have heard from J. Garrigan, Sr and our personal experience with his kindness to our family, we are grateful for the times we had together. May the wings he has today, be full of joy as he has given to our world and left our world a better place! Love to all,
Jim & Beccy Garrigan Bozeman, MT
May 20, 2013
To Ruth and Family, I will always remenber Mr. Bean bringing you to the Beauty Salon and patiently waiting as you got your hair done. I would ask him, should we do curls today??? He liked Ruth's hair style curly. And the smiles they would both give to one another were so tender. In my book, THE BEANS are the true American family. The best of the best generation ever. Faye Harrison, Naples, Fl.
May 20, 2013
Dear the Bean family,
I knew John quite well because he and his family used to live at the left side corner of 44th Street South and my folks used to live at 4401 East Lake Harriet Boulevard faced at the Lake Harriet. My parents passed away (Fred Deming 90 years old - 2003 at the Shell Point Nursing Home in Fort Myers, Florida and Inez Deming - 95 years old in my blessing house in Sanibel, Florida. They had been married for 68 years. I retired on January 11, 2001 to move to Sanibel, Florida. Rest in peace, John.
Richard L. Deming
Richard L. Deming
May 19, 2013
Ruth and Family,

It has been my privilege to have flown with and worked for John for a number of years. He was honest, fair and straightforward to work for and his quick wit made him a delight to know. You all made me feel like a part of the family. He was truly part of "The Greatest Generation" and will be missed.

John Lindberg
May 19, 2013
Dear Connie and family, so many childhood memories of racing around the Bean homes with MR. BEAN always in the background. :>O!!! A man to be respected in so many, many ways. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jill Wilson
May 18, 2013
Mr. Bean,

On behalf of Edna Burns, and Dorothy Putzell you will be very missed!!
Donna Black
Donna Black
May 18, 2013
Mr Bean,
You have no idea how much I have admired you! I hope that you know that you have been a very important part of my life...almost like a father figure in that you always tried to protect me from harm and always made suggestions to me to make sure I was okay! I will always cherish the fact that I had the opportunity to be your secretary..and I thank you very much for caring about me enough to keep me around and try to help to keep me safe.
Donna Black
May 18, 2013
Dear Bean Family,

Mr. Bean defined the greatest of the Greatest Generation. Your words in the obituary say it all-thank you. Among many wonderful attributes, Mr. Bean passed along the ability to express himself so precisely and concisely, always with a touch of humor. His memory will forever be dearly remembered and treasured. All Ryan's and Noll's send their love with prayers.
Sally Ryan
May 18, 2013
Hello Ruthie, Bridget, and the rest of the Beans. Ken and I as well as Kit, Allen, Jennie, Jarad were so sorry to hear about John. He was truly an amazing friend, wonderful person and one of the best of his generation. He will be sorely missed by all who crossed his path. Kate and Mac were two of those people, and they will be there welcome him up above. All our love and sympathy to all the Beans.
Mimi Strassner
Mimi and Ken Strassner
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