WAPAKONETA - 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 Fred W. & Doris (Newell) Beam, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 22, 1960, he married Joyce B. Fortman, and she survives.
Other survivors include 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 in New Knoxville. Prior to that, he had worked at Auglaize Lumber Co. 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 were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 14, at the Salem United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta, with Pastor Becky Gray officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites were conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Arrangements were handled by Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gideons International.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.