Dale Edmund Beam was born June 1, 1935, on a farm near Dow City, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Johanna Beam. He died at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison Friday, December 30, 2016, at the age of eighty-one.
Dale graduated from Dow City High School with the class of 1956. In 1958, he enlisted in the United States Army serving his country in Formosa, today known as Taiwan. He served as a missile switchboard controller. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1960, he continued to serve his country in the National Guard. Upon returning to Crawford County, Dale worked at Farmland Foods in Denison. He retired after 38 years of employment with the company. He was united in marriage to Jean Odefey on May 17, 1960, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Charter Oak by Father Nimers. They were blessed with the birth of five children.
Dale enjoyed playing cards, telling stories, visiting and socializing. He never knew a stranger and always wore his cowboy hat. He was a big country and western fan, especially enjoying films that included John Wayne and Chuck Norris. His musical favorites were Buck Owens and Johnny Cash. He also found pleasure in working on cars. In his earlier years, Dale and Jean traveled to various states that include: Texas, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. He was always willing to help someone who needed help.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Gib, Vernon, Glen and John in infancy. Survivors include his wife, Jean; two sons, Tony and his wife, Deb and Troy; three daughters, Judy and her husband, Charles; Jody and her significant other, Kevin; and Jill ; seventeen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Gene and his wife, Karen; Ed and his wife, Linda; Paul and his wife, Edee; James and his wife, Tammy; two sisters, Jane and her husband, Jay; and Evelyn; two sisters-in-law, Bea and Janelle; nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.