Ralph Wayne Beamer, 86, of Taylorville passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 7:49 p.m. at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Ralph was born on September 4, 1934, in Kincaid, IL, the son of Wayne and Luella (Himstedt) Beamer. He married Betty Bangert in 1965 in Taylorville, and they were happily married for 45 years.
He is survived by his children Brian Beamer (wife Marlena) of Riverview, FL, and Julie Pfeifer (husband Brian) of Springfield, IL; grandchildren Claire Pfeifer, Isabel Beamer and Alex Beamer; brother Charles Beamer (wife Diane) and special friend Rose Bell. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty and brothers Glenn and Marvin.
Ralph graduated from Taylorville High School in 1952 and served in the Army from 1955-1957, including a year in Germany. He spent most of his career in banking, retiring from First Trust Bank in Taylorville in 1995. Ralph was a lifelong member of Davis Memorial Christian Church, serving in many ways, including as a deacon and elder. He loved everything related to cars and trucks, could fix anything, and was always willing to help out friends and neighbors. He was a kind, gentle man of endless patience and a tremendous example of devotion and unconditional love to his family.
A private family graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery with Pastor Bill Kerns officiating and military graveside honors.
Memorials may be made in Ralph’s honor to Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.