Mark Beal

May 29, 1953 ‒ February 18, 2017

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Boisterous, approachable, and friendly, Mark Beal had a strong, distinct voice.  Mark connected with everyone including family, neighbors, friends, and even strangers, almost to the point of being too friendly.  Humor was built into his DNA.  His jokes were like well timed stories with the perfect punch line.  A man of faith, Mark passed away unexpectedly Saturday February 18, 2017.   He was 63.  Now in paradise, Mark is joined in the arms of his Savior.

The son of Eugene “Gene” and Donna (Lotz) Beal, Mark was born May 29, 1953 in Mansfield.  Mark played basketball in high school and graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1971.

He worked with his father at Martin Hardware.  He also worked for Powell Supply Company.  A landscaper extraordinaire, Mark worked for Wade & Gatton Nurseries and more recently for Liberty Lawn Care.  For 11 years he and his family sold Christmas trees in Mansfield.  Mark established lasting relationships with his customers, selling to many of the same families each year.

He supported his children and coached his sons in Little League Baseball.  He followed men’s and women’s college basketball, and was a Chicago Bears and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.  A hard worker, Mark enjoyed cutting wood and working outside.

Mark held the serenity prayer close to heart.  This April marks 20 years of Mark’s sobriety. He ascribed his success in sobriety to his higher power, Jesus Christ.

He attended Pleasant Grove Community Church.

He is survived by his wife Suzanne (Williams) Beal of Butler; daughter Lindsay (Ted) Hollinger of Mansfield and sons Josh (Ines) Beal of Richmond, Indiana and Justin Beal of Butler; mother Donna Beal of Butler; step children Bobbie (Brian) Scott of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Erica Wallace of Lewisburg, Tennessee, Vic (Kerry) Williams of Shelby, Bryon (Patreka) Wallace of Morrison Tennessee, and John (Crystal) Wallace of Shelby; sister Marsha Beal of Butler; one granddaughter on the way, numerous step grandchildren and one step great grandchild; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene “Gene” Beal.

The Beal Family will receive friends Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Road, Bellville, Ohio 44813, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 am at the funeral home.  Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery near Butler.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beal family, and private online condolences to them may be made at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • The only man I’ve spent more time with than Mark Beal is my own father. Mark helped raise me and make me the man I am now. His voice and humor were legendary. He was a great coach and mentor.
    The Beal siblings and I don’t believe in the permanence of death, which is a great consolation at times like these. Having parents and even grand parents who were righteous people helps to take some of the sting out of death. This loss was sudden and painful, but I know we’ll meet again.
    My love to all friends and family!
    ~Gus Gerhardt

  • Donna and family members, so very, very sorry for the loss of your loved one,
    words cannot express our feelings, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Dear Donna, so shocked and saddened to learn of Marks’ death. So many happy memories of him and Marsha and our years at Palmyra Church of Christ. Mark was a barrel of fun, never seemed to change. Whenever I ran into him at the grocery in Butler , he was the same wisecracking Mark, still wanting a big hug, He just brightened your day whenever you saw him. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and his family at this time of deep sorrow. Pray you are well. Love and hugs, Mabel. I’m only a phone call away, if you ever need to talk.

  • Mark was the most friendly man i ever met. His sense of humor was great made everyone laugh and smile. May the many wonderful loving memories bring you confort, warmth and pease.

  • So sorry to hear of Mark’s sudden passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My family met the Beals at Mitiwanga on Lake Erie and we saw them there for many years. I also bought my Christmas trees from Mark in Mansfield. He was a lot of fun and will be missed.

  • Our sympathy, Donna, Marsha and family! So shocked to read this online. Mark was a special friend to many of us! His wit and witness will always be remembered as well as his smile! May God bless all of you during this difficult time.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Mark always had a smile on his face whenever you saw him. – Jan Mast

  • I was shocked to read Mark’s obituary and my heart hurts for his loved ones. This is a tough journey you now face but it’s made easier with support and prayers of friends, family and abiding faith. May love be what you remember most!
    Blessings,
    Rachel Blevins

  • To the Beal Family,

    Our hearts and prayers and sympathy are with all of you during this time of loss. May the Lord draw you to Him and give you His gracious peace that passes all understanding.

    With love,
    Ann Beroth
    David & Annalisa Beroth & Family

  • Mark and I were childhood friends neighbors. Had some great times. When kids played out side tell it got dark. Still remember the ketchup sandwich. So sorry for your loss Donna Marsha Sue and family. May God get you through this. And remember the good times. God bless!!!

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mark’s family and the Weller family went to the same church, Palmyra, years ago. He was such a great person and so funny.
    Amy Weller-Knight

  • To the Beal Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. I grew up with Mark all through school and Wes has worked with him in the past. Always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He will be greatly missed in the community.
    RIP Mark.

    Sue & Wes Mortimer

  • From the Class of 1971
    We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Mark’s family during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  • Dear Donna and family
    I am so sorry for your great loss, you all are in my prayers

    Our family has great memories and his many visits to our home.

    Wish I could attend but not easy for me to get out.

    Ellie Hitchman

  • So sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad time.

    Alan & Alberta Little

  • Dear Beal Family,
    I attended Butler and Clear Fork with Mark. I last saw Mark at our Class reunion a few years ago. I am sorry for your loss. He was a good man and a fun person. I have some great memories of our years at Clear Fork. I just learned of his passing this afternoon and it certainly saddened me to lose another member of our class of 71. Your Family are in my prayers.
    Gene A. Kelly
    Springfield, Ohio

  • So sorry to hear of Marks passing. May great memories live on in your heart and better times remembered bring a smile to your face as time helps you heal from the pain you now feel.

  • Dear Beal family,
    So sorry to hear of Marks passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Larry and Luey (Barr) Dill

  • Dear Donna and family; so sorry to hear of your loss! May the Lord be with you and yours during this difficult time! I am Mary Jordans daughter; Mary Williams Reed. Our family followed the Harmonaires in earlier years. May God bless you.

  • I Graduated from Clear Fork w/Mark & went through all of grade school w/him as well.In later years, I worked in Bellville at Hursh Drug–he kept things lively as he would holler out to Wayne as soon as he got in the front door.One Lady I was waiting on whispered to me:”Is he ALRIGHT???”–“Yes! “I laughed to her, that is just his personality–!!He made no secret of his faith in Jesus Christ & his earthly struggle w/Alcoholism–I am sure all the family and friends will miss him on so many levels–but they surely
    know that now Mark truly is “ALRIGHT’ in the presence of His Lord & Savior!!Prayers as you go through these difficult days ahead.Sincerely, Kitty Black

  • To Mark’s Family,
    We met Mark many, many years ago when he delivered mulch to our home each spring. He always hung around to talk, laugh, and eat a cookie or take some with him. My husband still quotes him to this day. Mark used to say, “When somebody gets miserable enough, they will change…” referring to his sobriety success and applying those words to numerous other circumstances. He was a dear man. As I checked my computer today, I was shocked to see his picture and even sorrier that I have missed his service. I will most certainly make it a priority to visit his grave and tell him good-bye. I am sure Heaven is full of laughter since Mark arrived!

    Our very deepest sympathy,
    Marsha and Glenn Cheesman
    Galion, Ohio

  • Donna, Soo very sorry to learn of your son’s passing. I understand the depth of a loss of a child. I am sorry, too, I missed his calling hours. Got it in my mind that they were Thursday. Prayers for comfort you and your family in the days and and years ahead. Hugs