BEAM, ED "Jim" Edward Beam passed away peacefully on September 15, 2006 in Citrus Heights, CA, where he had retired with, and now is survived by, his beloved second wife, Mary Lou Beam. Ed "Jim" Beam had retired from a 22-year career in the Navy in 1968, and served 25 more years as an oil recovery and abatement specialist. Ed was born in 1929 in Peoria, Illinois; joined the Navy at age 17 and toured the world on a Navy ship. On a tour to Korea, he met his cherished first wife, Betty Beam (laid to rest in 1985). They married and had two loving children, Sue Kopp (married to Rick Kopp - now deceased) and John Beam (married to Cindi), who survive him. Ed was a generous and loving grandpa to five grandchildren: Jason Kopp (married to Brandy), Jeremy Kopp, Jennifer Lomosad (married to Steve), Monica and Sonjha Beam; and to four great-grandchildren: Kayla and Jarred Kopp, Zachary and Jacob Lomosad. He loved them with all of his heart. He also welcomed into his family and loved all of Mary Lou's children and grandchildren. Ed was a warm, caring big man, whose heart was even bigger than his body. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed. Ed will be buried in San Diego at El Camino Memorial Park, Sorrento Valley. Chapel services will be Friday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. Visitation Thursday, 4-8 p.m.Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Sep. 20, 2006.