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Ralph Wayne Beamer

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.

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Julie and family, Our sincere condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.

Annie Herbert Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM

Julie, my condolences to you and all your family. My memories of your dad go way back to the 1970s when I would go to the bank each day as part of my job. He was always such a kind man with a gentle nature and smile. So sorry for your loss!

Rita werner Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Julie, I am so sorry to hear that your dad has passed. The last time I saw he was still the same guy that I remember when you kids were in school. I even asked him how you were doing.
I know that he will be missed by you and Brian.
My deepest sympathy to you both

Barbara Duncan Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Ralph was a first cousin of my husband, Robert (Bob) Beamer. He served in our wedding party. I am widowed and moved to San Antonio, Tx. in 1994. I had kept in contact with Ralph for a few years by phone. Through another cousin, Elmer Beamer, of Bulpitt, Il. I did know that Ralph was in a Tayloville Nursing Home. My condolences to his family, I was not aware that Ralph's brother, Marvin, has died.

Barbara Beamer Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family.
I remember Ralph from First Trust Bank where I would see him while making my company's deposits and later at Davis Memorial Christian Church. He was always so nice. So very sorry for your loss.

Cindy Hooper Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Ralph was a dear friend, confidant, always eager to help, and a classmate of mine, class of 1952. In better days of good health, we had many fun trips as two couples who always got along so well. We shared a lot of laughs, as well as a few tears. Such a sad story of Ralph's demise in these last few years. I am sure that "death has come as a friend". Somewhere in the great heaven's he is ready to help someone out with his talents, or embrace them with a kind, considerate word. Thanks for all the memories, Ralph. You will remain in our books of "Golden Memories". God keep you in HIS arms.

Al and Rossie Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Ralph was my oldest cousin and, as such, I did not have a close relationship with him as I was growing up. He was just the oldest son at Aunt Luella's house. However a few years ago at my sister's visitation he came up, introduced himself and we had a very enjoyable conversation. He seemed like a very kind and considerate man. My thoughts are with him and with his family as you go through this difficult time.

Alan Himstedt Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Ralph was such a kind man. He worked the bank and he and Dave(Honn) were good friends.

Ralph was such a kind man and he and Dave (Honn) were good friends as they both worked at the bank.
We also were good friends with both Betty and Ralph thru Davis Memorial Christian Church. We had good fellowship in our Sunday school class IKIIRUS. . Ever since he was at Taylorville Care and in ill health, he has been my in my prayers. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Nancy Honn Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Brian and Julie, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Your dear mother Betty always had such kind words to describe your father.

Moe Bruns Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to Mr. Beamer's family, I did not know your Dad, but I have just looked at the Drift Year Books for 1949 - 1952, finding his photo each year, as my late husband Raymond Vossler was also the Class of 1952 . As a senior, your Dad signed Ray's book.

Mary Vossler Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM