Donald Bean, 83, of Cumberland, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Not many people noticed what happened in Rock Hall on Wednesday, May 23, 1934. While the nation was riveted to the killing of Bonnie and Clyde, the late Ralph Christopher Bean and Carrie Elizabeth (McNemar) Bean welcomed their third child, Donald, into their home. Don, or Donnie as he was known (Beanie by close friends), was preceded in death by all of his siblings, Ralph William "Bill" Bean, Jean Bean Cecil, Patsy Bean (infant), and Gerald Bean.
Donald's heart always yearned for the solitude and peace he found in Rock Hall. He reluctantly moved to Gephart Drive with his family where as a student at Allegany High School (1953), he would meet his sweetheart and the love of his life, O'Nile Strosnider Bean. After their marriage in 1955, four children entered their loving home.
Surviving is his faithful wife of 62 years, O'Nile; daughter, Brenda Wharton and husband, Tab (LaVale); and sons Jeffrey and wife, Rachael (Greencastle, Pa.), Christopher and Diane (Bowling Green), and Gregory and Lori (Cumberland). Grandchildren include Carrie Bean Tenorio, Justin Bean, Tabrenn Wharton, Tierra Wharton Daley, Jerritt Bean and Mckenna Bean Shives, and eight great-grandchildren.
Always a hard worker, Don worked at Stroehmann Bakery, Byers Market, and a dry cleaner. He also worked as a part-time evening manager at The Bowler. After 38 years, he retired from Hercules/Allegany Ballistics Laboratory. "Property Bean's" responsibilities and winning personality allowed him to meet almost everyone who worked at ABL. After his retirement, Donald stayed active in his workshop. He enjoyed woodworking and left a legacy of sharing his creations with family and friends. He was also a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan.
The most significant event in Don's life occurred in 1961. At that time, he was introduced to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This relationship not only changed the course of his life, but that of his family and friends. Over the years, he served as an Awana leader, Sunday school superintendent, song leader, visitation team member, and choir director and member. He was a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cresaptown and, most recently, a member of Calvary Bible Church in Ellerslie.
The family wishes to acknowledge Don's friends of more than 75 years Dean Wood and Doug Hill of Rock Hall. And for the last several years, Rick Wolford has been an unselfish friend and companion who was loved as a son. Special appreciation to Lion's Manor and the High Level Care Unit of WMRMC for their "family" approach to Don's care.
The quiet entry of Donald Bean in 1934 to this earth ended peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Instead of a sleepy little fishing village where he was born, he ended life on this earth by entering into his eternal home with Christ, where no doubt he heard the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant ... enter thou into the joy of the Lord."
The words written here are so inadequate to tell his story. Friends will be received at Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St. (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, from 6 to 9 p.m.
You are welcome to attend this celebration of Don's life and legacy and share your own memories on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Greg Miller and Pastor Ken Korns officiating.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Calvary Bible Church, P.O. Box 436, Ellerslie, MD, 21529.
Published on October 22, 2017