Virgil Beam, 76

Virgil E. Beam, 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:13 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Belmore, the son of Doris (Newell) and Fred W. & Beam, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 22, 1960, he married Joyce B. Fortman, and she survives.
Also surviving are four children, Douglas W. Beam, of Wapakoneta, Laurie A. (Michael) Byer, of St. Marys, Debra J. (Frank) Oen, of Cridersville, and Michael A. Beam, of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren, Jenifer (Gary) Beebe, Jessica Oen, Kelly Byer, Nathan Oen, Jonathon Beam, Sarah Byer, Randall Oen, and Dinah Oen; a sister, Betty (William) Griffith, of Leipsic; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Beam, of Avon Lake.
He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Carrie Oen, and a brother, Arthur Beam.
Virgil retired as foreman of the truss department at Hoge Lumber, New Knoxville. Prior to that, he had worked at Auglaize Lumber County. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, where he was a lay speaker, a former Sunday school teacher, and sang in the church choir for 52 years. A 1955 graduate of Leipsic High School, he was salutatorian of his class, played football and was a member of the track team. He attended Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo and studied electrical engineering. He was a member of the Ohio Alpha Chapter of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Fraternity, an honorary mathematics society. Virgil was a member of Gideons International and a U.S. Army veteran. He loved music, and his hobbies included singing, fishing, gardening, and playing the piano and harmonica.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salem United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Becky Gray officiating. Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gideons International.
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