OBITUARY

Cletus E. Beam

November 30, 1929August 8, 2020

Cletus Beam, 90, of Johnstown, passed away August 8, 2020 after a long illness. He was born November 30, 1929 in Miami County, Troy, Ohio. At the age of 14, he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Until his illness, he was an active member of the Miller Memorial United Methodist Church serving many years as a Sunday School teacher, worship leader, and serving on many committees at the local and state level. Cletus was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Thelma (Hunt) Beam, his sister Florine Jackson, and his wife of 59 years, Shirley (Corkwell) Beam. He is survived by his three children, Deb Smitley, Barb (Tim) Martin and Ted (Debbie Williamson) Beam. Cletus and his wife, Shirley had nine grandchildren, Jeannette (Joe) Dixon, Bill Smitley, John (Anna) Wells, Maureen Martin, Ian Martin, Ariel (Derek) Popplewell, Alexander Beam, Alissa Beam, Amelia Beam and five great-grandchildren, Jacob Dixon, Julia Dixon, Joseph Wells, Ezekiel Wells, and Naomi Wells. Cletus graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 1947. After two years of attending Miami-Jacobs Business College in Dayton and working at Trans World Airlines, Cletus enrolled in Otterbein College where he played football, track and field, and intramural basketball. He did his student teaching at Orange Township School District in Delaware County, now part of Olentangy schools where he also coached basketball and baseball. He did some Master’s studies at Ohio University. Cletus started his teaching and coaching career at Miami-Central School District (now Miami-East) for two years. Then he taught and coached another two years at Vandalia-Butler where he coached football for two undefeated seasons, basketball, and baseball. He came to Johnstown-Monroe School District in 1957 and retired from there in 1986. At Johnstown, he taught middle school and high school, a variety of subjects except languages and the advanced subjects, finishing his career teaching health and physical education. He coached football including four undefeated seasons, basketball, baseball for two seasons, and ran the intramural basketball program. Eventually he settled in to coaching only football and track and field where he also coached two undefeated seasons. He also served several years as the Athletic Director. He was an assistant track and field coach at Granville from 1987-1993. In his retirement, he volunteered at the Newark Public Library. Cletus served on the Johnstown Village Council for over 35 years including one term as mayor. He served on the Licking County Board of Elections for over 30 years, the Village Water Board and the Development Board also for many years. Cletus was recognized as the “Man of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, “Honorary Chapter Farmer” by the Future Farmers of America, and as the Grand Marshall for the Firemen’s Festival Parade. In 1985 he was awarded the “Coaching Longevity Award” for thirty-two years of coaching, and “Coach of the Year” in 1975, 1976, and 1982. The Johnstown Middle School track invitational is named in his honor. And he could play the accordion. Friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at CROUSE-KAUBER-FRALEY FUNERAL HOME, 225 N. Main St., Johnstown, OH 43031. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, at Green Hill Cemetery in Johnstown, OH, with Pastor Calvin Alexander officiating.

During the graveside service there will not be any chairs set up, please bring your own chair if you would like to be seated during the service.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 13, 2020

Memories

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Margaret Evans Albo

September 9, 2020

He was my teacher in 7-8 and always had a smile and dry wit about him. He taught us well. His wife was super friendly too. I didn’t know they stayed in Johnstown. Margaret Evans Albert

Jacqueline Roos (Dunford)

August 28, 2020


To his family and all who knew and loved Mr Beam I send my deepest condolences.

Mr Beam was my Science teacher i believe in my Freshman year at JHS. He was so very kind and understanding to all of us in that class and was so very patient. Through my years as a high school student, he continued to recognize and speak to me when he saw me in the halls. During some of the most trying of times, I could always count on his acknowledgement and compassion. As the years have quickly went by, when I reflect on my time at JHS and those who stood out in my mind, Mr Beam has always come through; I can still see his smile and sense his caring nature. It still warms my heart. Thank you, Mr Beam. You made a difference.

Donna Horn

August 13, 2020

I just wanted to say how much he meant to Pete McGarvey. I'm sure Pete was there ready to greet him!

Ray Fox

August 13, 2020

My father died when I was nine and he was like a second father to me and he was such a warrior in Christ.

Sandy Davis

August 13, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. To me Mr. Beam was one of the most respected teachers at Johnstown High School. God Bless your family and may he rest in peace.

Jodi McKnight

August 12, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I loved Mr. Beam as my home room teacher in high school!

Todd Cutlip

August 12, 2020

He ise to run in the evening after school he was at the old elementary when a storm came up. I seen him and drove up and picked him up he was soaked. Took him home and it put a smile on his face always did like him. I will miss that smile God's speed

David Payne

August 12, 2020

Debbie, Barb and Ted:
I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was a great man and a mentor and inspiration to many. I am sorry that my wife and I are unable to attend the calling hours, but know that we are lifting your family up in prayer.
With my deepest sympathy.
David Payne

Dawn Stuck

August 12, 2020

I would like to say I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. I am glad I got to take care of your dad at Sharon Brooke it was an honor. I will miss him so he was one of my favorites.

Paul Hazlett

August 12, 2020

I met Cletus and the Beam clan when we moved to Johnstown in 1971 had him for numerous classes in high school. He was basically a second father for me. Had some great times at their home. Will be sadly missed.

FROM THE FAMILY

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