James C Beals

December 30th, 1946 to March 10th, 2013
James ‘Charlie’ Beals, Sr., 66, of Fort Gratiot Township, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, from surgical complications associated with colon cancer.

He was born and raised in Port Huron by the late Albert and Bernice Beals. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1965 and shortly thereafter received a letter from his neighbors and friends to join the Army. After trained as a cook, he did his 2-year tour in Germany. Charlie met the love of his life Mary Lynn Rowe in the summer of 1968; they were married just shy of 44 years.

Charlie retired from Dunn Paper on December 25, 2011, after working there almost 41 years. During the last two summers, he could often be found sitting in his big red truck watching the St. Clair River’s boat traffic.

He enjoyed camping with the Aqua Jetts, golfing, and rarely missed the November call to go deer hunting up north. It goes without saying if you knew Charlie you had a good friend

Charlie leaves behind his wife, Mary Lynn; mother-in-law, Phyllis Rowe; brother-in-laws, Bob (Linda) Rowe, Steamboat, CO, and Ken (Jan) Rowe, Crystal Lake, IL; a cousin, Don (Linda) Beals; and many nieces and nephews. Charlie and Mary had one son, James ‘Jim’ Jr. who was born on his father’s birthday. He died of Muscular Dystrophy in 1992. Charlie was also preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Bernice Beals; a brother, William Beals; a sister, Helen Fields; father-in-law Alvin Rowe; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Rowe.

Visitation will be 2-5. and 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, 1720 Elk Street, Port Huron.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. The Rev. Lee Acervo of St. Edward On-The-Lake Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council. Pallbearers will be Bob and Ken Rowe, James Sadlowski, Don Lumley, Matthew Landschoot, and Tim Fye

Memorials may be made to K.I.D.S “Kids In Distress", Mid-City Nutrition Center or the American Cancer Society.

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