May 29, 1953 ‒ February 18, 2017
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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