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.