Leak Memory Chapel

945 Lincoln Road, Montgomery, AL


William R Bean

September 1, 1943January 18, 2014

Col. William Raymond “Ray” Bean, 70, passed away on January 18, 2014 following a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Col. Bean, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was born on September 1, 1943 in Alexander City, Alabama. He graduated high school in Wetumpka in 1961 and attended Auburn University where he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics and was actively involved in many University programs such as the Student Government Association, Theta Chi Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa. Following his graduation from Auburn in 1966, Col. Bean entered the Air Force as a navigator and was stationed in many locations before subsequently being sent to Vietnam where he became a prisoner of war (POW) on May 23, 1972. Upon his release 10 months later on March 28, 1973, Col. Bean attended pilot training school in Texas, where he met his wife Mindy Rodgers Bean. They were married on February 14, 1976 and began a wonderful life that spanned 37 years. After a 30 year career that took him all over the globe, Col. Bean’s final assignment with the Air Force brought him and his family to Maxwell Air Force Base. He later retired and joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and was their Director of Cadet Programs for 9 years. Following retirement from CAP, Col. Bean enjoyed golf, Auburn University football, traveling, fishing, weekly bible study and volunteering at the Montgomery Archives. He is survived by his wife Mindy, daughter and son-in-law Peyton and Tyler Turner; granddaughter, Olivia; brothers, Paul, Al and David, and sister, Cindy. Col. Bean will lay in rest at Leak Memory Chapel on Wednesday, January 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A formal visitation will be on Thursday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall with a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Wounded Warrior, PO Box 68, Auburn, AL 36831.


  • Viewing Wednesday, January 22, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2014
  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2014


William R Bean

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February 13, 2015

Ray was one of my favorite Auburn people, smart in every way, sweet-spirited, and simple in the joys he always brought to every encounter. I long wished I could have been with him more, to enjoy his smiling good humor and to inform him on a regular basis how much I admired who he was and what he had done with his life, heroically in many ways. I miss him already and will miss him this year on the one occasion I could usually count on seeing him.
-- Dr. Jim Vickrey

Diane and Don Coakley

March 3, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. We knew Ray as "Beaner" in Ft. Walton back in the 70's! He was a wonderful person and a great friend.

Al Allenback

February 8, 2014

“So here's a nickel on the grass to you, my friend, and your spirit, enthusiasm, sacrifice and courage – but most of all to your friendship. Your's is a dying breed and when you are gone, the world will be a lesser place.”

Sandy Krigel

February 7, 2014

I am heart broken! Col Bean was the best boss I ever had--it was a true honor to serve with him. I will never forget the great times we had at Vance. He was a Special man that ALWAYS found a reason to Smile! Your kind heart will Always burn bright. Mindy and Peyton you are in my prayers.


February 6, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Col Bean many years ago, and what an honor it was for me to be in his presence and know him. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for your loss. God Bless you and yours.

February 4, 2014

I found a MIA bracelet I received as a Kid. I just started a search on the name and found this. I am truly sorry to find of his passing. any family members interested in the MIA bracelet, I can be reached @ johnsbagby@gmail.com

MGen Rick Bowling

January 30, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Always a gentleman and stand-up guy. We have lost a true hero. Our Prayers are with you.
Rick & Ellie Bowling

Ed DiBello

January 28, 2014

Ray taught me several lessons in life when we were stationed at Holloman with the 8th TFS 'Black Sheep'. My condolences to the family.

MGen Sandy Sharpe

January 28, 2014

So sorry to hear about Ray. Truly an American Hero and one of the really good guys. We shared many a laugh. He just lit up a room. Our condolences to the family.

Phil Mentesana

January 26, 2014

I had the pleasure of being stationed with Ray at Ubon RTAFB in 71-72. We were in the same flight during Linebacker I, the initial strike into Hanoi. I also had the opportunity to fly with him later when he was a student at Sheppard AFB. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.