Austin Theodore Beal

March 06, 1924 ‒ September 06, 2016

Lexington, Ohio

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 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.  He proudly served his country.  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 always wanted to know what all of the family members were doing and where they were.  It was a ritual during visits to keep current on the events and activities.  He enjoyed watching OSU and Browns football games.  He was disappointed that the Browns didn’t play last Sunday.  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 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 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 with Pastor Jack Kegley of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ officiating.  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 at the funeral home.

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  • Sam and Carolyn,

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Sam’s father. He sounds like he was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

    Jim and Joanne Trainer

  • sorry to learn of Austins passing. The Beal family is in our prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  • Praying for the family during this time. I can remember going over during our Huvler Halloween hayride. I had many visits over there with grandma and grandpa Huvler. Blessed to have so many found memories of Austin. Thank you Beal family for sharing your amazing family with ours.

  • With heartfelt sympathy, I pray the Beal family will be comforted by years and years of beautiful memories. May God provide strength and peace in the coming days. Hugs to each of you.

  • We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. May you feel comfort from the many precious memories gathered over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We are so sorry to hear of all the loss that the Beal family has endured these past few years with the passing of so many loved ones. We too, have many fond memories of the farm and gatherings. Our prayers are with you.

  • I am sorry for the loss of Uncle Austin such a humble man. My sympathy goes out to Sam, David, Johnny and the rest of the Beal family for your losses. I have many great memories of Uncle Austin such as his cooking on Sunday’s as we all gathered at the farm. When I would spend the night out there he would be watching Rifleman, Gunsmoke or a western movie. So many good memories of a wonderful Uncle and was just discussing about him a few days ago with family. Thought of him often. Love to all

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your families loss. I only knew Mr. Beal a short time but I enjoyed him and your family. Please know you are all in my prayers.

  • So sorry for the family. But so very happy for Austin. He is in a very good place and happy to be with the loved ones that went first. Dave you are in our thoughts.

  • So very sorry for your loss Sam, Dave, John-boy, Linda and then entire Beal family. Austin was a wonderful, warm-hearted man that thoroughly loved his family and was very kind-hearted to all! He will be sadly missed as the patriarch of such a wonderful family! Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort. Hugs to all!

  • So sorry to read of Austin’s passing. Praying his family will find comfort in the amazing family legacy that he has left for them.
    Blessings of comfort and joy,
    Mary Carroll

  • I worked with Austin at Galion Dresser many years ago. He was a wonderful person. Always very pleasant and kind. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Dreama Caudill