William A. ‘Pete’ Bean

April 26, 1917 ‒ November 10, 2017

Chesterville, Ohio

William A. “Pete” Bean, age 100, of Chesterville, passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 10, 2017, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville.

Pete was born on April 26, 1917, in Morrow County, to the late William H. and Ruth (Irvin) Bean. In 1944, Pete enlisted in the United States Army. While serving during WWII; Pete was stationed in Yokohama, Japan where he led a team of cooks as a baker feeding not only the military members but many Japanese kids who tried to sneak in for some bread. In 1946 Pete was honorably discharged after the war had ended.

On October 14, 1950, Pete married the love of his life Pauline “Louise” Lowe, she preceded him in death. Last year they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with a special surprise party with their adopted family.

Pete had a love for the great outdoors. His whole life, Pete dedicated himself to his farm and neighboring farms. For many years, Pete raised sheep and grew a lot of crops. A man interested in wildlife, Pete often had various books and watched many T.V. programs on the subject. Pete also dedicated many years as a Chester Township Trustee.

Pete enjoyed playing baseball with some of the local guys and was known for his ability to pitch the ball well. Though Pete didn’t have children of his own, he had a deep love for his extended family. He taught his grandkids many life lessons which included how to properly shoot with a bb gun.

He is survived by a special daughter, Anna (Ben) Mahan of Chesterville; grandchildren: Megan (Lance) Mahan-Bricker and Kailey Mahan; great grandchild, Chloe Yingling; a sister, Mary Jane Schiefer of Galion; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louise; infant son, Richard Dennis Bean; quadruplet brothers; brothers: Francis “Jack” and Robert Bean; and sisters: Harriet Smith and Irene Wynn.

His family will greet friends from 3 to 5 PM, on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held there on Monday, November 13, 207, at 10:30 AM, with Chaplain Jeff Slider officiating. Burial will follow in North Fork Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Chesterville United Methodist Church, Hospice of Morrow County, or to the charity of donor’s choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Pete’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Sorry to all who knew and loved this man. I did not know him. I was reading this obituary about him and thought it touching that this veteran spent 100 years here and passed away the day before veterans day so he could spend this one with loved ones gone on before him.

  • We will miss grandpa Pete but he is with Grandma Louise now wearing his bibs and at peace. He always had advice of some sort and made us laugh. God Bless us for having him for so long.

  • Anna and Ben
    so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing, not to many live a long wonderful as he did. He is very happy to be with Louise now.
    You and ur family have r deepest sympathies. Sincerely
    Ron & Connie Weikel

  • The Mahan Family was such a good and giving family to both Pete and Louise. You were so lucky to be able to have them for such a long time; not everyone has that opportunity. Your family love to them was a blessing. I know that all of you will miss him, but how wonderful for Pete and Louise to be together again. Neither in pain, just a great life for eternity. We are sad for us left behind, but happy for them. Prayers for all of the Mahan family.

    Harry n Phyllis

  • To the Mahan family, our sincere and deepest sympathies to you all . Many great memories of a special couple . God Bless , sincerely Doris/ and Dennis

  • What a generous and loving man. Pete was so close to the Nauman family. I remember the night of January 24, 1963, it was 28 below zero and Pete and Louise came to Our homeI to help take care of our children well I had to go to the hospital to have Tracy. What a blessing they were. Always willing to help out. Louise and Pete are in heaven I’m sure and talking to Paul going over those good times ! God bless you Pete. !

  • Mahan family, so sorry for your loss, but what a celebration in heaven no pain just joy for eternity.God Bless you Anna & Ben

  • We were sorry to hear of Pete’s passing but know he is in a better place with no pain or suffering. Condolences to his faithful Mahan family.

  • I am a cousin to Louise, but always called them Aunt and Uncle. We always used to go visit on Saturday nites to listen to Lawrence Welk and the Midwestern Hayride. Pete was always special to me.

  • pete was the most honest straight forward man ihave ever known.great guy , husband and always spoke his mind and was a caring person to whomever he met. god bless he and louise,s new home get together in heaven. will miss you pete

  • We are the children of Jack and Mary Jane Kemmer…who were neighbors to Pete and Louise Bean.
    Halloween was always a special time for all the neighborhood kids.
    On those cold Halloween nights, you could find Louise making hot homemade donuts while Pete greeted us at the door dressed in his bib overalls.

    They were the epitomy of farm life and givers to all.
    We have all grown up and moved away….Pete and Louis are in heaven but sweet memories of those “trick-or-treat” nights and homemade donuts will never be gone…those are childhood memories which will live forever.


  • So very sorry for your loss. May God bless you with all the special moments you shared together through the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Judy & Tony DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Pete. He is now with Louise and happy together again. Pete was a good neighbor and man. He was always friendly and happy to see you.
    Sympathy to the Mahan family during this time of loss.
    With our deepest sympathy.