William L. “Bill” Beal
October 12, 1930 ‒ January 20, 2007
MANSFIELD: William L. “Bill” Beal, 76, of Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, and formerly of State Route 97, died Saturday morning January 20, 2007 in his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
No longer living by faith, Bill is living by sight. “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5: 7 & 8)
He was born October 12, 1930 in Mansfield to Dale and Hazel Kirkpatrick Beal, and remained a lifelong Mansfield resident.
A Korean War era U.S. Army veteran, Bill served as a military policeman in the Panama Canal Zone.
He worked nine years with Westinghouse, before taking a position with the General Motors plant in Ontario. Following 30 years of service, he retired on January 30, 1990.
Bill was a member of Lexington Church of Christ, and had served the congregation as a trustee, deacon, greeter and had helped in the primary Sunday school program.
Always seen with a cheerful smile, Bill was blessed with a remarkable sense of humor that always spread joy.
He championed his family! His greatest joy was to spend time with his family. Whether it was family fishing trips to Hillman, MI, or the grandchildrens’ sporting events and school functions, they knew they could always count on him for his support…no matter what the weather was like.
His grandchildren recall “he would always tease us and make everyone’s day. He was willing to help out anyway he could. He was our Mr. Fix-It, always lending a hand. He was the best Grandpa anyone could ever hope for.”
He will be remembered for the genuine loving care he gave not only to his family, but also to his circle of friends…and for the kind words of encouragement he offered to the customers at The Bookery where he helped, mainly in the curriculum department.
He is survived by his wife Bonny (Fay) Beal, whom he married December 2, 1950; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Mark Stofer of Mansfield; daughter Kathy Beal-Bunton of Johnsville; grandchildren Andrew Stofer, and twins Jonathan Stofer and Heather Stofer; sisters and a brother-in-law Wanda Beal and Norma Simmons both of Mansfield and Evadene and Lewis Walters of Bellville; his best buddies Lowell Spayde of Lexington and Terry “Burt” Slusser of Fredericktown; and many brothers and sisters in Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Betty Shaffer and Janice Steele.
The family will receive friends Monday, January 22, 2007 from 5-8 pm in Lexington Church of Christ, 230 Delaware Street, Lexington, where the worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Bill Beal will be held Tuesday at 11 am. Pastor Tj Waters will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park, where Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion will hold graveside military honors. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lexington Church of Christ or Mansfield Christian School.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com