William Samuel Bean
July 8, 1918 – January 11, 2013
William Samuel Bean, 94, died peacefully Friday evening, Jan. 11, 2013, at his residence in Grand Prairie. Funeral: 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Chapel on Dalworth Street. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. Born on a farm about a mile north of what was then downtown Mesquite, William came with his family in 1924 to the family farm south of Grand Prairie. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1936, attended NTAC for a year, and graduated from SMU in 1947. William entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was on board the ocean liner "Queen Mary" when it struck and sank the British escort cruiser "Curacao." After landing in Ireland the 82nd Fighter Group, a P-38 outfit, was sent to North Africa and eventually to Foggia, Italy, for the remainder of the war. William served most of the war on detached duty from the 95th Fighter Squadron to headquarters of the 82nd Fighter Group, which earned 11 campaign battle stars during the war. Towards the end of the war there was a sizable force of Czechoslovakian Air Force troops stationed in Foggia. Word got to the 82nd that they were very short of medicines and food supplies. William drove a truckload of supplies to the Czechs and as a result was invited to a dinner given by Marshall Vukachevich, the Czech Air Force commander. At this dinner, the Marshall took a red star pin from his cap and gave it to William. He explained that the red glass in the star was fashioned from the broken taillight of a car carrying the Nazi Area Commander, General Reinhardt Heidrich, which had been ambushed and bombed in the village of Lidicle. Heidrich suffered mortal wounds and died a few days later, and in retaliation the Nazis razed the village and killed every man, woman and child. After the war, the Czech Republic rebuilt the town. In 1947, William began working in the oil business in Venezuela as assistant to the chief engineer. He retired from Texaco in 1983 after serving in Venezuela, Ecuador, Angola, and other countries. The family wishes to thank the caregivers, Dora Sarpong and Diana Jackson and Faith Presbyterian Hospice. Survivors: William is survived by sisters, Annabelle Hancock of Grand Prairie, Kathleen Moore of Arlington, Mozelle Mills and husband, George, of Farmers Branch; brother, Bruce Bean and wife, JoAnne, of Grand Prairie; his longtime lovely lady friend Ida Rincon of Maracaibo, Venezuela; seven nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
- Visitation Sunday, January 13, 2013
- Funeral Service Monday, January 14, 2013
William Samuel Bean
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February 12, 2013
My Uncle William was the finest gentleman I have ever known. He treated all of his nieces and nephews like we were his children. He was so kind and generous, even paying for an untold amount of students to go and finish their College education. We will all miss the fun we had together thanks to his wit and humor. He was preceded in death by his sister Anne V. Bean, niece Carol Bean Watters and great niece Keirsten L. Head.
I miss you very much.
Georgeanne Mills Kaut
January 14, 2013
"Uncle" William always had a kind word and ready smile for everyone and was such a wonderful and caring gentleman. He will be greatly missed. We were blessed for having known him.
Joy & Wally Nefiodow
January 13, 2013
At the age of 18 Bill came into my life....What a very special friend. He was in our wedding, we worked together, and he and his beautiful family have filled such a beautiful place in our lives. No one could ever fill the void left by his departure. Wally, myself, and our family have so many beautiful memories. He was such a beautiful individual and friend. This world is going to miss this true southern gentleman. God gave our friend to us and now we are comforted to know he will now be with the Father and and those loved ones in heaven. Thank you "Frijoli" for coming into our lives. We will miss you......
January 13, 2013
I remember William as such a kind person with a wonderful smile. I know that he is in Heaven rejoicing with Margie and Leonard (my mom and dad)as well as with his mom and dad ( Goofy and Aunt Myrtle to me)and Isabel,my grandmother and a host of other relatives. I know everyone will miss him greatly. My prayers and condolences to you all. I will try to come visit very shortly.
January 12, 2013
William was a wonderful and gracious man--we will miss him dearly.
Sandra and Bill Daniel