Funeral services were held June 24 in Whittier, Calif., for Charles Allen Beal, 77, who passed away June 18 after a long illness.
Charles was born April 23, 1934, to Franklin and Frances Beal of Broken Bow. He attended elementary school in Grand Island and in rural Custer County after his parents moved onto a farm in Ash Creek. He would later often reminisce about farm life on the Nebraska prairie.
He graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1952, serving as president of the senior class. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he majored in journalism, was active in the Army ROTC (he joined the reserves), and acquired a lifelong passion for Cornhusker football. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and was elected president of Sigma Delta Chi, a national journalism honorary. After graduation, he obtained his law degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
In 1958, he married Melva Fahrnbruch of Lincoln and in 1961 they moved to California where Charles worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Journal and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. In 1973, he moved to Longmont, Colo., where he was a reporter and night editor of the Longmont Daily Times Call.
His musical interests at this time led him to play piano for a Dixieland jazz band that performed at clubs and dances. His yearning to be close to his daughters took him back to California, where he made a career as a public relations writer for Southern California Edison. After retiring from there, he served as press director for Californians for Nebraska and volunteered at the Pasadena Museum of History.
He greatly enjoyed watching his two grandchildren, Adam and Megan, as they grew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Annabel Beal, lifelong residents of Custer County.
He is survived by two daughters, Alison (John) Good of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Sylvia (Ruben) Corral of Temple City, Calif.; grandchildren, Adam and Megan Good; sisters, Julia Raymond, Jean Beal, and Mary Ellen (Neil) Elliott of St. Paul, Minn.; a nephew and two step-nephews.
His service was held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, where he was interred. His brother-in-law Neil Elliott officiated.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 14, 2011