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Merrill David Beham
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1900
Turner County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1980
Kitsap County
Washington, USA

Merrill was the son of Ira and Alice Beham. In 1920, Merrill was living in the Washington Hotel, in Raymond, Pacific County, Washington and working in a lumber mill.

Merrill first married Ella Francis Gibson on 12 May 1923 in South Bend, Washington. She was the daughter of William and Bertha Gibson. Merrill and Ella divorced.

Merrill then married Rose Sofie, in Seattle, Washington, on 15 June 1935. Rose was the daughter of George and Christina Sofie.

"Services for Merrill Beham, 80, will be Saturday at 11 A.M. at the at the Lewis Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Beham, who was dedicated to local Masonic activities died Wednesday at home. He was born in Centerville, S.D. on Aug. 24, 1900 and grew up in the midwest.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War I, Mr. Beham moved to Bremerton in 1924 to take a job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He married the former Rose Sofie in Bremerton on June 15, 1935.

He worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard until 1961, retiring as an electrical progressman, and he was a member of the National Association of Federal Retired Employees. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, local 574.

His Masonic memberships in Bremerton included: past master, Charleston Lodge F and AM, past High Priest and current secretary, Olympus Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; past illustrious master, Naval Council Number 11, Royal and Select Master; past commander and current recorder of the Malta Commandry No. 18, Knights Templar, the Knights of York Cross of Honor and Master of Arch No. 4, Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Washington.

He was also a member of the Nile Temple, Seattle Shrine; and the Kitsap County Shrine, Club Legion of Honor. Mr. Beham was a life member and past commander of the VFW Post 239, Bremerton; past commander of VFW District No. 4; a 50 year member of the Bremerton American Legion Post; a member of the Bremerton Elks; and the Gold Mountain Mens Club.

Memorial may be made in his name to the Royal Arch Masons Childrens' Heart Foundation, Inc., 7803 8th Avenue, N.E. Seattle, 98115."
Source: Bremerton Sun. 4 November 1980.

The daughter of Merrill Beham and Ella Gibson was:
1. Rosalie Muriel Beham-Graef (1924-2014) 
Family links: 
  Ira H Beham (1869 - 1947)
  Alice M Johnson Beham (1876 - 1933)
  Rose Sofie Beham (1914 - 2006)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Kitsap County
Washington, USA
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Record added: May 09, 2012
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Merrill David Beham
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Merrill David Beham
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Merrill David Beham
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