Virgil E. 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 on Jan. 5, 1937, in Belmore, the son of Fred W. and 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, Wapakoneta, Laurie A. (Michael) Byer, St. Marys, Debra J. (Frank) Oen, Cridersville and Michael A. Beam, 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, Leipsic; a sister-in-law, Nancy Beam, 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 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, and honorary mathematics society. Virgil was a member of Gideons International and was 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 held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Salem United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Becky Gray, officiating.  

Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta VFW.  

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.  

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gideons International.  Condolences may be expressed at