John Clinton Beam


John Clinton Beam, 70, of Seymour passed away at 2:16 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at his residence.

Born Jan. 23, 1945, in Vernon, he was the son of Roy E. and Christina Esther Biehle Beam, both of whom preceded in him death. On June 20, 1981, at Coffee Creek Baptist Church in Paris Crossing, he married Barbara Pearson, who survives in Seymour.

He served in the United States Air Force and worked the assembly line for Cummins Engine Co. in Columbus for 34 years. He was an emergency medical technician volunteer for Rescue 20 from 1973 to 1975. He was a 37-year member of ABATE in North Vernon and 27-year elder and member of Crothersville Church of God.

His enjoyments were farming, driving his tractors, collecting small scale N and HO trains, riding motorcycles, gardening, camping and fishing. He loved going to church and spending time with his family.

Besides his wife, survivors include his sons, Bradley Joseph (Maike) Beam of Noblesville, Steven James (Melanie) Beam of Columbia, South Carolina, Shannon Douglas (Christina) Beam of Greensburg and Chad Daniel Beam and Kevin Martin (Brittany) Beam, both of Seymour; a daughter, Lisa Kay Beam of Columbia, South Carolina; brothers, Roy Ellsworth (Mim) Beam of Riverside, California, Chester Nelson (Linda) Beam of Vernon and Dale Lucian (Karen) Beam of Camden; sisters, Anna Beam and Clara Louise (Charles) Clark, both of Vernon, Wilma Graper of North Vernon, Barbara Grace (Gene) Trowbridge of Dupont and Christina Ester (Don) Jacobson of Wisconsin; four grandsons; six granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Clinton Beam; and a brother, Anthony Bentley Beam.

The funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday.

Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery with members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Matt Hester Post 2021 providing military graveside rites.

Memorials may be made to Feed the Children.

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