LONACONING — Albertus LeRoy Beeman, 83, of Swamp Road, Lonaconing, died at his residence on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
Born on May 11, 1930 he was the son of the late Albertus "Bertus" Beeman and Althea (Wiland) Beeman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam (MacMillian) Beeman on Nov. 1, 2000; half-brother, Woody Wiland; sister, Hilda Jacobs; brother, Odell Beeman; grandson, Aaron Albertus Beeman; granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Beeman; brothers-in-law, Vincent MacMillian, Edward MacMillian, Herbert MacMillian and Richard Heithaus; sister-in-law, Darlene Worthy; and very special sister-in-law, Joyce Heithaus.
LeRoy attended Central High School. He worked at various places throughout his lifetime as a mechanic, Alcola Research and Development Plant, Cleveland, Ohio, Sears Automotive, Exxon Service Station and Billy Bender's Chevrolet. He also worked as a School Bus Contractor and Driver for 50 plus years. He was a lifelong member of the George’s Creek Church of the Brethren, Lonaconing. He was also a member of the Barton Fire Hall II Horseshoe League and a Republican National Committee member.
Dad was a very hard worker and enjoyed working on cars. He spent many Saturdays with family and friends in his garage.
He is survived by his children, Steve and Nancy Beeman of Elkton, Va., Michael and Joan Beeman, Rick and Kathy Beeman, Terry and Denise Beeman all of Lonaconing and Delsie and Richard Fazenbaker of Westernport; grandchildren, Jody Hall and Tucker of Bunker Hill, Va., Michele Colvin of Lonaconing, Rickey Beeman and Dana of Barton, Matthew Martin of Westernport, Mandy Abe and Eric of Cumberland, Crystal Weimer and Ronnie of Westernport, Danielle Garlitz and Daniel of Lonaconing, Terran Giuliano and Mike of Abington, Miriam Dawn Conley and Daniel of Elkton, Eric Beeman and Jessica of Barton, Travis Beeman and James of Cumberland, Stephanie Beeman and Zach of New Hope, Va., Clinton Beeman of Elkton, Sydney and Allie Fazenbaker of Westernport and Bailey Elizabeth of Lonaconing; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Our Dad was so very special to our family. There was nothing he wouldn't do for us, even if he grumbled at first. He was so proud of each one of us and loved to brag about his kids and grandkids. He loved when everyone got together. There was lots of arguing, but lots of love. Dad spent the last six years fighting a horrible disease. Through it all he kept his sense of humor and always made us laugh. He fought through to the very end. He is at peace now with a clear mind and a healthy body. Dad, we love you and will miss you so very much.
He is also survived by his special cousin and best friend, Fred Loar. Dad and Fred spent many Wednesday mornings eating breakfast at Ponderosa with friends. And a special neighbor and friend, Hoss Morgan. Dad was like a father to Hoss. He enjoyed weekly visits from both and those visits meant so very much to the family.
Family and friends will be received at the Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, P.A., Lonaconing, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Durst officiating.
Interment will be held at Beeman Cemetery, Lonaconing.
Jill Boyd, Mishawn Vinci, Michele Colvin, Matilda Wilhelm were Dad’s very special sitters. We are so thankful for the wonderful loving care he received from them. We love you.
A very special thank you to Hospice of Garrett County, Grace Bolyard and Mary Bernard. These two angels gave Dad so much love and gentle care. They made Dad's last few months comfortable and very peaceful. They both became like our own family and we only got through because of their love and care. We love you both.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Rickey, Eric, Travis and Clinton Beeman and his friends, Fred Loar and Charles “Charlie” Morgan.