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Ralph Emerson Beam

March 5, 1948 — July 21, 2018

Ralph Emerson Beam, 70, of Ansonia, passed away on July 21, 2018 at State of the Heart Care Center in Greenville.

Ralph was born on March 5, 1948 in Dawn, Ohio to the late William and Hazel Beam.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Donald Beam, Roger Beam, Charles Duane Beam, Freda Reier, Betty Schotz, and William "Jr." Beam.

Ralph had many joys throughout his life, but some stand out more than others. He was a master negotiator and wheeler-dealer; cars, trucks or motorcycles, if he thought he could make money, he'd buy it. He loved going to garage sales and finding treasures to bring home. He would always tell Joan, "You'll find a place for it". He loved motorcycles, country music and good company. He had owned and rode motorcycles his whole life and loved his Harley. He played base guitar and was in a band and could sing George Jones songs better than George himself. He enjoyed spending time "partying" with his friends Jim, Maysee and Steve and his brother Dan. Ralph was a family man and would do anything for them. He had a deep love of his grandchildren. He was a dedicated and devoted husband and grandfather. He is now and will always be greatly missed.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan (Lehman) Beam, whom he married March 12, 1973; his children and their spouses, Travis and Jill Beam of Ansonia, Sharlyn and Billy Hickey of Greenville, and James David Beam of Marion, Ohio; his grandchildren, Aaron Hickey, Tyler Hickey, Caleb (April) Hickey, Trevor Beam, Peyton Beam, and Wyatt Beam; his great grandchildren, Kaiden, Addi, Chloe and Grayson Hickey. Ralph also leaves behind his brothers, sisters and their spouses, Delores and David Partin-Cleveland of Hillgrove, Dale and Cindy Beam of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Dan and Margaret Beam of Ansonia, Harold Beam of Piqua, and Jeanie Frances of Versailles; two special nephews, Kevin and Brian Partin, whom he helped raise; and countless other nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Ralph's life will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville Campus, with Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in Brock Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to State of the Heart Care, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 or Ansonia Area Emergency Services, P.O. Box 171, Ansonia, Ohio 45303.

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