Donald Dale Beam, 83, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019 at his home in Sheridan surrounded by his loving family.
Born Dec. 9, 1935 in Noblesville, Ind., he was the son of the late Don and Ada (Michael) Beam.
A 1953 graduate of Sheridan High School, he was a lifelong livestock and grain farmer in Hamilton County and a member of the Young Farmers. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
He married the love of his life, Sandra Marie Padgett on Jan. 1, 1956. Mrs. Beam survives.
Mr. Beam had a love (some might call it an obsession) for anything that had a motor in it. He loved the sheer size and power of the larger trains but was just as head over heels when he got behind the wheel of one of his go-carts and went racing. He also enjoyed flying model airplanes, and tractor pulls seemed to always pull him in their direction. No matter the activity, he had a knack for making new friends with fellow enthusiasts. Some of these friendships were how he became involved with the Flywheelers Club.
As the years progressed, Mr. Beam and his wife Sandra began wintering in Florida. They loved going back year after year. They had friends they enjoyed visiting, the winter weather was definitely NOT the same as Indiana's, and they had a house that fit their needs perfectly. They loved their "winter house" so much that they had an exact copy built on their farm in Indiana.
Survivors other than his wife include his loving daughter Rhonda Darlene Beam of Sheridan and many nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Burial will follow at Spencer Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be presented the Sheridan Six Points Church.