September 4, 2003



Nelson J. Beal

Nelson J. Beal of Xenia, formerly of Yellow Springs, died Friday, Aug. 29, at Greene Oaks Health Care Center, where he had lived since June. He was 94.

He was born on July 30, 1909, in Dayton, the son of Leon “Jasper” and Amy Booth Beal.

Mr. Beal was a self-employed electrical contractor, an avid bowler and dancer. He also enjoyed horse racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margaret (Vance) Beal; second wife, Mary Elizabeth (Grimsley) Beal; third wife, Bessie (Walker) Beal; a brother, Bob Beal; sister, Frances Bush; and a son-in-law, Jerry Smith.

He is survived by his daughters, Judy Smith of Xenia, Rae Ann Beal of Portland, Ore.; sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Hazel Beal of Bellbrook and Richard and Jane Beal of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 31, at McColaugh Funeral Home in Xenia, with burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton, P.O. Box 3509, Dayton, OH 45401-3509.


Charles Williams

Charles Nathan Williams of Fairborn died Friday, Aug. 29, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center. He was 90.

Born May 21, 1913, in Rising Sun, Ind., he was the son of Charles and Mary Louise McCardle Williams.

He graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1931 and joined the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man on April 29, 1934.

He retired in 1959 after 25 years with the Air Force as a CWO3, and from his second career as a civil servant at DESC in 1973.

Mr. Williams was a life member of Masonic Lodge No. 461 in Yellow Springs; the DAV in Springfield; the VFW and American Legion in Fairborn; the Air Force Association; the Air Force Museum; and the Moose and Eagle lodges in Fairborn. He was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Fairborn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Mary Williams, and his sisters, LaVonne Deusing and June Hadley.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce M. Williams of Fairborn; a son, Joseph Edward Williams of Yellow Springs; a daughter, Linda Louise Kaiser of Amherst, N.H.; his sisters, Devota Phalen of Omaha, Neb., and Madonna Bauer of Cincinnati; stepsons, James R. Tillotson and Jerry D. Mullins, both of Fairborn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Dayton National Cemetery.


Phillips Ruopp memorial

A memorial celebrating the life of Phillips B. Ruopp will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2–3:30 p.m., at the Glen Helen Building.

Mr. Ruopp died of advanced heart disease on Thursday, June 19, in Tucson, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frankie Ritter Ruopp, a former teacher, now residing in Tucson; four children, Rebecca of Tucson, Charles of Newton, Mass., Douglas of Tucson and Julia of Yellow Springs; and five grandchildren.