William Eugene Beam

Birth Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 1936
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, May 6, 2018

WOOSTER – William E. “Bill” Beam, 81, of Wooster died peacefully with his loving family at his side on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster

He was born June 4, 1936 in Wooster, the son of Gaius and Audrey Kessler Beam.

Bill was a 1955 graduate of Wooster High School and was inducted into the Army as a tank driver during the Korean conflict and patrolled the border in Communist Germany. 

Then, he met the love of his life Donna at Cosmetology School and was married for 56 years.  Bill retired as a firefighter with the City of Wooster Fire Dept.  He also was the bookkeeper for Sheer Professionals for 41 years.  As a life member of the Elks Lodge and the Broken Lock Gun Club, he enjoyed many friendships with his buddies.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Donna Sturm Beam; a son, Richard “Rick” Beam of Columbus; grandchildren Nathaniel Beam and MacKenzie Beam and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Robert and Don Beam and Shirley Brown, nephews, Donald Beam and Jerry Shell.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with his nephew, Rev. Jason Woolford officiating.  Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.


Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home


Friday, May 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home


I am sorry to learn of your loss, Donna. Please accept my sincere sympathy for you and your entire family.

Rick, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Though I haven't seen him for some time, I always had a lot of respect for him and your mother as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless.

Dear Donna,
I was so sorry to read of Bills passing. I didn’t know he had been ill. He was a kind and funny guy, lots of good memories . Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs my friend.

Dear Donna and family, I am so sorry to learn of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers.

Bill will be missed by many. Bless him and his family. I always enjoyed talking with him. We will all see him again one day.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I know how your hearts ache since I am slowly getting over dad's death (Harold "Whitey" Polen) from just last July. So sorry Donna and Rick I can't be there to give you guys a hug but I am sending one your way. I will always remember his wit and kindness and the stories of their golf outings as told to me by dad. God Bless.

My dear Donna,
I am here for you. I can't be there for the funeral but I will be there in friendship and love. Prayers for you and your family.
Betty Collins

Donna, Rick, Nate, and Kinzie So sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. What a wonderful Husband,Father, and Grandfather he was, and Oh how he loved each one of you. Hold your memories close to your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Love and prayers. Harry and Connie Kiggins.

Donna- I am so very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please know you- and your family members- are in my thoughts and prayers. Alison

Dear Donna and Rick,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a kind man and dear friend. Lots of fun times together. Love and Prayers. Bonnie Geiser

So sorry for your loss,I met Bill at the gun shop and always enjoyed his company and humor, he will be missed by all of us.

So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers from your old beauty shop friend.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences and prayers for you and your family members.

Dear Donna,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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