|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1910|
St. Louis County
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1994|
Marvin T. Beals
Anchorage resident Marvin Theodore Beals, 84, died Dec. 22 at Providence Hospital.
Memorial services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel with the Rev. Robert Young of Christ Congregational Church officiating.
Mr. Beals was born Nov. 10, 1910, in Duluth, Minn., and came to Alaska in 1946. He was in the Merchant Marines during World War II, resupplying the Army and Navy with supplies by barge aboard the LT362 and the Arm Transport Service during the retaking of Attu Island.
After World War II, Mr. Beals moved to Valdez where he operated a plumbing and sheet metal business and his wife operated the Beals Hotel.
He also worked at the heating plant in Valdez for the state of Alaska. He retired in 1973 and moved back to Bemidji, Minn. He returned to Alaska in 1987, residing in Anchorage ever since. He was a member of the Valdez Masonic Lodge.
His family said: "His happy personality and sense of humor will be missed by many."
Mr. Beals is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Rodger and Elaine of Anchorage; eight sisters, Margaret Wendt, Gertrude Rude, and Leona Whinnery, of Eau Claire, Wis., Laura Devlin of Bend, Ore., Lois Waldock of St. Paul, Minn., Dorothy Easterson of Kent, Wash., Jessie Johnson of Seattle, and Hazel Noelck of Cleveland, Tenn., nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 E. 19th Ave., Anchorage 99501; or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 101459, Anchorage 99510.
Anchorage Daily News, December 28, 1994 B4
I'd like to add Nancy Hood, a daughter of Marvin. SHW
Memories shared with Nancy from her aunt Leona: "I knew your father. He was my big brother. In his obituary it was stated that he had a wonderful sense of humor, and so he did, as did his father before him.
One of my earliest memories was going fishing with him. Down the hill from the East Side where we lived, through the shopping center and on to Half Moon Lake carrying our canepoles and worms.It was about a two mile walk. Oh, how proud I would be because he would let me carry the string of fish home through town.
He played clarinet in the boys band. They played in a parade in the small town of Cleghorn. After the parade a group of boys were fooling around with a donkey. When the donkey kicked, Muvvy backed up in front of a car and ended up with a broken leg. The man that ran over him brought him home.
One day he came home bruised up a bit. Seems that Laura and a girl friend were playing miniature golf and some young fellow wouldn't leave them alone. The girls said the fellow ended up in much worse condition than Muvvy.
When he was old enough to drive a car, those were the days. A whole gang of us would pool our pennies, (this was in the Depression days)for gas. We would pile in the car, stand on the running board and hang on, all wearing our bathing suits and go swimming at Lowes Creek.
He had a dog named Bucky. Breed? Heinz 57. He would have Bucky ride on the hood of the car and people would gesture and point to warn him, but he would just look at them and scratch his head. The Rascal!
My girl friend and I thought we would just die if we didn't get out to Idlewile roller skating every Thursday. We would walk out there and wait by the door when we were broke. When Muvvy got there with his boy friends he would break down and give us money to get in. Ten cents to get in and twenty five cents to rent skates.
We had a heater in the living room that we burned coal in and a huge Monarch range in the kitchen that we burned wood in. It had four lids and a reservoir on the right full of water, an oven, and a warming oven across the top. One day whe Muvvy was tending the stoves, he threw in a little kerosene for some faster action. He got action all right, the "Bang" blew the lids off the stove, resulting in a black soot hanging from the ceiling. At that time all walls were not painted. They were calcimined. This is a glorified version of white wash like they used in barns. You could get it in different colors. Gert and I took our wagon down to the hardware store, bought calcimine and big brushes to do the ceilings and walls in short order.
When Gert changed boy friends and started dating George she asked Muvvy to please behave the evenings that he was coming over. Did he? No. He set out a picture of her ex-boyfriend and walked through the living room in his long white winter underwear and said "oh, I didn't know you had company". He called a local radio station talk program, gave Gert's name, and asked them if she would marry the guy she was going with. He gave Gert and George a ring of bologna for a wedding gift.
He went with his friend Benny to Benny's sister's house. No-one locked their doors back then. She was not home, but there was freshly-baked cake on the kitchen table. The cake tin was empty when they left.
One day when he was walking through the cemetary with a group of boys, some of them vandalized some of the stones. For punishment, they had to learn a series of Sunday school lessons and recite them to a probation officer on Saturdays. Muvvy and one other boy didn't have to because they hadn't taken part in the vandalism.
Another time he was driving along with his car packed with friends. He jumped out and ran along the side of the car for a few steps and told the one sitting next to him to take over the driving. Wouldn't you know, a policeman saw him. The write-up in the paper read "Eau Claire tries Rodeo stunt".
He rolled his own cigarettes.
He picked and made choke cherry jam that got so hard in the kettle that we threw the whole thing out.
He made our first radio, a crystal set with earphones. He got stations as far away as Chicago.
We sisters had numerous girlfriends and we had open house all of the time. I am sure the main attraction for some of our friends was our brother.
Now, please remember this was home without a mother, but we had a lot of fun and a lot of love for one another."
Miner Beals (1872 - 1935)
Ida Marie Korlin Beals (1885 - 1923)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Nancy says "My Dad's remains were scattered at Hogan Hill, Alaska. Location is near Milepost 157 on the Richardson Highway, north of Valdez, Alaska.
Created by: Susan Hunt Williams
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83616235