Helen J. Beam

October 28, 1928 ‒ March 06, 2008

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Helen J. Beam, 79, of rural Lexington, died Thursday morning March 6, 2008 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.

She was born October 28, 1928 in Galion to Franklin B. and Estella O. (Hudson) Roush, and was graduated from Johnsville High School in 1946.

Helen had an adventurous spirit. On her day off from Beam’s General Store in Johnsville, she snuck off to take flying lessons. On her third flight, her parents caught her flying over the farm, and grounded her.

On November 18, 1950 she married Clarence Lowe Beam, and they remained lifelong area residents.

She and Clarence Lowe owned and operated Rauschbaum Kennel. Clarence Lowe raised and bred Dobermans while Helen groomed the smaller breeds. She was a member of the Richland County Kennel Club.

For nearly 30 years she worked with United Telephone Company in Mansfield, in the Revenue Accounting department. She retired in 1993.

Helen was a supporter of the arts in Richland County, and quite the local historian. She was a member of the Ohio and Richland County Genealogical Societies. She spent years tracing family roots in the Beam family tree, and had been generous to family and friends with historical items and photos she came across.

Independent, with a lovely sense of humor, Helen genuinely cared for folks. Her friendships never went unattended, and she thoroughly enjoyed her monthly graduating class meetings.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cheryl L. and Rick Velker of Columbus; her son and daughter-in-law Brian D. and Margaret Beam of Oak Forest, Ill.; a grandson David Beam of Oak Forest; step grandsons Andrew and his wife Amy Velker and Matthew Velker all of Atlanta, Geo.; a sister Relna Fish of Cardington; a sister-in-law Annabelle Roush of Galion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband preceded her in death on Easter morning April 3, 1988. Also deceased are her parents, and brothers Jim Roush and Harold Roush.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 9, 2008 from 2-5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor John Partridge will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Beam family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com