Austin Theodore Beal
LEXINGTON, OH: Austin Theodore Beal, 92, passed away on Tuesday morning, September 6, 2016 at Morrow Manor in Chesterville, Ohio.
He was born on March 6, 1924 in Mansfield, Ohio (Richland County) to Walter Eugene and Martha Sophia Leedy Beal.
He attended Lexington High School prior to serving in WW II and received his diploma at a later date.
He served with the US Army from 1943-46 in the 199th Anti-Aircraft Battery A and was stationed in the South Pacific for 2 years.
His son, Sam accompanied him on the Honor Flight to the WW II Memorial in 2010. He has shared those memories with many over the years.
He married Frances Elizabeth Reed on March 6, 1947 on his birthday.
They enjoyed 62 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on April 11, 2009. They raised 5 children on the farm.
He retired from the Galion Iron Works in 1986 after working there for over 40 years. He farmed and raised Columbia sheep on the family farm near Steam Corners.
He and his sons exhibited the sheep at several county fairs and the Ohio State Fair for many years.
He and his wife enjoyed working in their garden, raising chickens and providing eggs for their family, friends and neighbors. But, what he enjoyed most was when the great-grandchildren would gather the eggs.
He enjoyed canning and freezing the produce from the garden.
In the later years, he would ride his golf cart around the farm to check on the pond, the chickens and the garden.
He enjoyed being outdoors and inquired about the weather every day, even when he wasn't at home.
He enjoyed hunting rabbits, pheasant and deer in Ohio and Michigan.
Camping in the woods on their property with family and friends was a favorite activity year after year.
He and his wife drove throughout the country in their motor home. Many of the trips were to visit his army buddies. Family gatherings at holidays and picnics were always a highlight for him. Sometimes, he appeared to quietly observe the generations around him and you could see the pride in his expressions.
He enjoyed many meals at the "Apple Pie Inn" located in Johnsville.
His favorite cook was Jane Cobern.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW in Ontario, Ohio and a member of the American Legion Post #754. He was a Troy Township Trustee for 24 years.
He had been a member of the Jugs Corner Grange since 1987.
He is survived by 3 sons, Samuel (Carolyn) Beal of Mt. Gilead, Dave Beal of Lexington, Ohio and John (Linda) Beal of Lexington and Barb Beal, Daugher-In-Law. 5 Grandchildren, Heidi (Jack) Kegley, Dan (Nicole) Beal, Derick Beal, Margo (Danny) Dixon and Sadie (Jarrod) Stoots. Great -Grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Kegley, Eva and Corrine Beal, Aria Hartzell, Eli and Quinn Dixon and Austin Stoots.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Ted Beal in August of 2015, daughter Beth Beal in May 2016, two sisters, Dorothy Craig and Helen Maxwell, and one brother Donley Beal.
Visitation will be at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 10-12.
The Celebration of Austin's Life will begin at noon Pleasant Grove Church of Christ . A private military service will be held at the family pond at a later date.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, Ohio or Honor Flight, Cleveland, Ohio
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Austin's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
Published in the News Journal on Sept. 8, 2016