Gerald Dale Beal, 69, passed away on July 2, 2017
Gerald Dean Beal, 69, of El Dorado, passed away on Sunday July 2, 2017, at the Robert Dole VA Hospital in Wichita, after losing his battle with cancer.
A memorial will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the El Dorado Senior Center. Bring your favorite side dish. Hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs will be provided.
Gerald was born on Dec. 27, 1947, in El Dorado to Benjamin Beal and Jackie (Pickett) Beal. He was raised in El Dorado and attended El Dorado schools. At 17, he joined the United States Navy and spent two years in Vietnam.
Gerald was a welder by trade and worked at numerous places during his career. He was his own man who did his own thinking. He lived his life his way. He was an avid reader as evidenced by his intelligence and vocabulary. Gerald was fun to be with as he had a keen wit and a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed watching television but he had to be in control of the remote. He enjoyed listening to 60s music and he especially liked Roy Orbison. His favorite song was “Pretty Woman” and he always sang along.
Gerald was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. He faced his enemy with bravery and courage. He fought a valiant battle. In 2016, he lost his right leg and his bladder a month later. He practiced the art of resilience and rose above.
His survivors include: brothers, David Beal of the home and John Beal of Burns; sister, Barbara Sullivan of Moundridge; niece, Jaci Wright of the home; his devoted girlfriend, Pat Summers of El Dorado; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents.