Raymond Cecil Beeman, 93, of Mabton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at the Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick.
Dad was a devoted and beloved husband, dad, grandpa Bee and great-grandpa Bee.
Dad was born on Nov. 1, 1915 in Pueblo, Colo. to Charles and Ednah (Morse) Beeman. Dad was number six of 15 children. Dad was born and raised on the family horse ranch in Pueblo and was the first Beeman child to graduate from high school in 1934.
Dad served in the Civilian Conservation Corps building roads in Colorado.
Dad joined the Navy during WWII and served on the USS Enterprise (CV6) as a flight deck assistant from 1942 through 1944 during the Pacific Campaign. Dad was awarded the Purple Heart in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1945.
While stationed in Seattle, he met Patricia Boast from Mabton at a USO dance. They were married in Grandview on March 24, 1945. Together they lived in the Yakima Valley for 64 years. Dad lived and worked on the family farm and other local farms in the Mabton area. Dad was also a custodian and a bus driver at the Mabton School District for 19 years. After retiring in 1978, dad and mom traveled extensively around the U.S.
Dad was a member of the USS Enterprise Reunion Association and a lifetime member of the Mabton VFW.
He was an outdoorsman and loved hunting. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and was an avid bowler.
Dad is survived by his wife, Patricia Julia of Prosser; seven children, Nancy Van Wyk (Neil) of Prosser, Gary Beeman (Sheryl) of Yakima, Julia Peeler (Rod) of West Seattle, Wayne Beeman (Kathy) of Mabton, RoseAnn Beeman of Burien, Rick Beeman (Kim) of Ferndale, and Peggy Headrick (Loren) of Minot, N.D.; two sisters, Freda Watson of Pueblo, and Marie Arnold of San Diego, Calif.; and one brother, Herb of Pueblo; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Hospice House and their staff for their extra support and help shown to our father and family during his stay.
A memorial service and a time of remembrance with full military honors will be held at Friday, April 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Prosser Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice at the Chaplaincy c/o Prosser Funeral Home.
Prosser Funeral Home in Prosser is in charge of arrangements.