Don Beam 1936-2019

Don Beam 1936-2019

Arthur “Don” Beam, 83, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at his home in Circleville.

He was born May 23, 1936, in Richland, the son of Ward and Anna (Hackel) Beam. 

He graduated eighth grade from Unity Country School, west of Rock Creek, before going to work to help his parents support the family. In 1958, he started a 36-year career working for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until his retirement in 1994.

On June 5, 1960, he married Deloris VanDonge at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Netawaka. They were blessed with three children: Gary Beam (Jill) of Auburn, Denise Wheeler (Denny) of Wetmore and Michael Beam (Lesa) of St. George.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Don and Donna VanDonge; two brothers, Ward Lee Beam and Steve Beam; a sister, Vicki Jo Coffman; two sisters-in-law, Alice Beam and Daisy Howe; and a brother-in-law, Dennis VanDonge. 

Survivors include his wife, Deloris; his three children and their spouses; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a sister, Karen Baker; a special nephew, David Beam; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home, Holton, Kansas. The family will receive visitors starting at 9 a.m. until the service. Burial will follow immediately at Soldier Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436, to benefit the Holton Hospital Building Fund or Circleville Christian Church. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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