Col William Raymond “Ray” Bean

Col William Raymond “Ray” Bean

Birth
Alexander City, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, USA
Death 18 Jan 2014 (aged 70)
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 123931599 · View Source
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Colonel William Raymond "Ray" Bean, 70, passed away on January 18, 2014 following a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Col. Bean, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, was born on September 1, 1943 in Alexander City, Alabama. He graduated from high school in Wetumpka in 1961 and attended Auburn University where he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. Ray was actively involved in many University programs such as the Student Government Association, Theta Chi Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Following his graduation from Auburn in 1966, Second Lieutenant Bean entered the Air Force and completed navigator training at Mather AFB, CA. He then transitioned into the F-4 Phantom as a Weapons Systems Officer. While assigned to the 435th TFS at Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, his F-4 was shot down over the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam (North Viet Nam) on May 23, 1972. He was captured and served 310 days as a Prisoner of War (POW). After his release on March 28, 1973, Captain Bean's next assignment was as a Test Project Officer with the 4485th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, FL. Following that posting, he successfully completed Undergraduate Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas where he met his wife, Mindy Rodgers Bean. They were married on February 14, 1976 and shared a love and marriage that spanned 37 years.

After a 30 year career that took him and his family all over the globe, Col. Bean's final assignment brought him to Maxwell Air Force Base. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Col. Bean joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He served as the Director of Cadet Programs for nine years.

Following retirement from the Civil Air Patrol, Col. Bean enjoyed golf, Auburn University football, traveling, fishing, weekly bible study and volunteering at the Montgomery Archives. He is survived by his wife Mindy; daughter and son-in-law Peyton and Tyler Turner; granddaughter Olivia; brothers Paul, Al and David; and sister Cindy.


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  • Created by: Richard Francis
  • Added: 22 Jan 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 123931599
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col William Raymond “Ray” Bean (1 Sep 1943–18 Jan 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 123931599, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Richard Francis (contributor 46630277) .